Tuesday, March 2, 2010
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1. Bring back the old divisions(Adams, Norris, etc)
This created the best rivalries. The Bruins had rivalries with ALL the Adams divisions teams...Hartford, Buffalo, Quebec and of course the dreaded Canadians.
2. Bring back the old rules
The new rules are too offense centric. It's what I've called for a while...space hockey. Don't tell me that watching teams like the Oilers and Islanders back in the day was boring. They found a way to have high powered offenses.
3. Give teams option of smaller or larger ice surfaces
Watching a game at the Boston Garden was the best. There was nowhere to hide...rock em sock em hockey. The rinks should be like baseball...different parks/different dimensions...with the TD Banknorth going with the smaller surface.
These changes combined with much better marketing would power the NHL back into the mix.