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Proposal For A Delayed Penalty Rule Change

Admin Icon There’s a new proposal in town, and its name is the “clear-the-puck-instead-of-just-touching-it” rule change. Apparently the owners are floating the idea of a new rule where, if your team is guilty of a delayed penalty AND your team is defending in it’s own zone, your team must clear the puck - just touching the puck isn’t enough to stop play.

One the one hand I like this rule, it minimizes the effect of an intentional penalty just to stop play and take your chances on the power play. I liken it to football where, if the defense commits a penalty the play is allowed to continue to its natural conclusion.

On the other hand how much more oh-fence does hockey need? I think we should let the new goalie equipment rules settle in before more changes are made.

Like I said, I like the idea but on the other hand, sometimes less is more.

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One comment for “Proposal For A Delayed Penalty Rule Change”

  1. I like the idea of the clear as it would take away the quick whistle to stop play.
    Walt AKA All Sports on the Web
    All Sports on the Web

    Posted by Walt WebbNo Gravatar | October 24, 2008, 3:31 pm

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