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News, Notes and Hockey Insights - 3/29/2012

Thursday, 03.29.2012 / 2:10 PM
By Frank Albin - Director of Broadcasting / The Daily Chomp
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News, Notes and Hockey Insights - 3\/29\/2012


So in a weird chance of fate Gary Bettman calls in sick and big boys in New York call me to let me know I’m now in charge….

Here’s how my first day on the job goes:

--Reduce the regular season schedule to 70 games. The level of hockey would move to another level. 82 games is just too many games to ask of a player. Teams need their rest and quality practices. I’ll let the revenue guys figure out how to make this work.

--Move struggling franchises to viable Canadian markets. Put teams in Quebec City, Hamilton or a second team in Toronto. Contract from 2 to 4 teams and work to make game.

--Split alignment into 3 conferences….East West and Canadian. Play a schedule heavy inside the division. Play mini-series with 2 home and 2 road vs one other conference. Play a 1 and 1 versus the other conference. Play limited number of regular season games in Europe. The plan is to have a European conference establish in the next 10 years.

--Eliminate the trapezoid for goaltenders to play the puck. Skill should be rewarded. If your goalie handles the puck well, he should be allowed to.

--Change the use of the red line for offside. Passes across the red line are only allowable if the passing team gets out past their own blue line. This would eliminate the “oh I hope someone gets this hard pass along the boards.

--Immediately go to the no touch icing. Why put any player in a position to be hurt?

--Go to a 10-minute 4 on 4 overtime. Register a tie and give each team 1 point. Eliminate the 3-point game and getting a point for losing.

--Change the individual player point system. Give 3 points for a goal, 2 points for a first assist and 1 point for a second assist.

--Change the powerplay and penalty killing stats. Rather than count powerplay opportunities use total powerplay time to make a powerplay index. Presently a team is credited with a pp opportunity regardless of the time being 2 minutes or one second. Take total pp time and divide by number of goals. Say the Sharks in a 10-game segment score 9 goals on 72 minutes…72 divided by 9 goals. Gives team an index of 8, meaning the Sharks score one goal for every 8 minutes of powerplay time. Same can be set up for penalty kill index. Check this link out from a Kings blogger.

--Make every player use a wood-colored stick, regardless of make and model of their stick. This would give a cleaner look for telecasts. While I’m at it….eliminate all dasher board ads.

The bad news is…New York has called and Commissioner Bettman is feeling much better and will be in by the afternoon.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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