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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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 48 24 18 10 42
L. Couture 48 18 24 2 42
J. Thornton 44 10 27 0 37
B. Burns 48 11 24 -6 35
P. Marleau 48 9 24 -10 33
T. Wingels 47 11 14 -2 25
J. Braun 47 1 18 4 19
T. Hertl 48 8 9 -2 17
M. Vlasic 47 6 10 13 16
J. Sheppard 42 4 9 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 19 11 5 .912 2.57
A. Stalock 5 5 1 .905 2.65
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