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Oh my Lord, the Heat and Blackhawks in the same week. It's every bandwagoner's wet dream.

 

Anyway, congrats to the Hawks. I was at least glad to see the Red Wings gave them the biggest challenge. And it's also nice to see an MSU alum (Keith) hoist the Cup.

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"Metropolitan Division," teams nowhere near the ocean in the Atlantic Division, uneven home/away games against division and conference rivals, and the possibility of the 20th overall team making the playoffs. Excellent work as always, Gary. :thumbup:

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It's been possible for 20th overall to make the playoffs for years, though. Agreed that the new setup is... not very good. I really don't understand Florida/Tampa being grouped in with the Eastern Canadian teams, at least geographically. Same with Western Canada and California.

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I think it mainly had to do with time zones which I can understand. For example like Detroit playing LA was a nightmare, I think that's a 3 hour difference? And they were both in the same conference.

 

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For the most part it makes sense. And with regards to Florida and Tampa, I have a sinking suspicion it's for the teams to the north actually getting to travel to the south. If they didn't have the Florida teams in there, they wouldn't go past Detroit except for the odd game while every other division gets some sun. It would be nice to get a break and go to the southern states in the middle of January, that's for sure.

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After looking at the map, I understand the Western Conference (apart from being 2 teams less than the East...) but why does Pittsburgh's division get to be so closely grouped? I still don't really understand their decision-making here. I honestly think they should have left it as it was, and just switched Detroit or Columbus with Winnipeg if this was their best new plan.

 

Also, Jagr to New Jersey. I don't think it is confirmed yet, but it seems to be accurate. Then again, I thought the same thing about Iginla/Boston at the deadline.

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Yeah, should be interesting to see what else NJ does this off season since the whole Ilya thing. Couple of rumours going around here about shipping Hemsky to NJ, him and Jagr are good friends and Hemsky's stay in Edmonton is pretty much up with the addition of Perron.

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I am in favour of hybrid icing. I always found the touch up rule to be so dangerous.

 

The 2-minute minor for removing your helmet is silly. If one guy removes his brain bucket - the other one should too, and usually does. All you end up with is off-setting minors in addition to 5 for fighting.

 

And it's about time for visors IMO ...

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I am in favour of hybrid icing. I always found the touch up rule to be so dangerous.

 

The 2-minute minor for removing your helmet is silly. If one guy removes his brain bucket - the other one should too, and usually does. All you end up with is off-setting minors in addition to 5 for fighting.

 

And it's about time for visors IMO ...

Agreed with all. The original "hybrid icing" rule I was hearing I didn't like, but I like the way the nhl has implemented it now. Makes sense, and still avoids injuries.

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The only one I'm fully in support of is the hybrid icing. The new penalty is pointless, I agree. I'm on the fence about visors, though. The only reason I'm not against them is that players already in the league, who don't wear them, still don't have to and new players coming into the league will already be used to them. I can't really support them with the new penalty in place, though, because that means people are now expected to punch visors during fights.

 

Of course, then there are the new nets and the smaller goalie pads. I don't have a problem with either of those.

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I was unaware of that, as well. I can't see any real reason to penalize it. Besides that, they've missed quite a few of those calls this pre-season.

 

As for canning the hybrid icing, I hope he's wrong. I can't think of a better way to make it safer without going right down to no-touch. I hate no-touch icing. It's too easy to exploit. At least with hybrid, you have a chance to beat it out.

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Yeah that's my fear. Although I don't think NA hockey fans would tolerate it getting that bad.

 

If they actually put ads on the jersey I'll send bettman an email telling him I'll never buy another jersey as long as it has ads on it.

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Lol. Never underestimate the ingenuity of the players to find loopholes in the rules.

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I'd like to see the no touch icing brought in personally. Too much risk involved with players moving at such high speeds into the boards.

 

Annnnnd Edmontons problems at Centre just got a whole lot worse. Gagner is out with a broken jaw due to an arrant high stick last night from Zack Kassian. And Nuge is gone rehabing his shoulder from off seasons surgery.

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