Spotlighting possible rule changes
March, 12, 2012
By Craig Custance | ESPN.com
Francois Lacasse/NHLI/Getty ImagesCould a rule change bring goalie puck skills back into focus?BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The rules will be debated. If you get 30 general managers into one room, break them off into small groups and charge them with improving the game, debate is inevitable. And with some of the game's best players still out with concussions, safety remains an issue despite serious strides the past couple of years to clean up the game.
But if you're hoping to see the return of the red line, or removal of the trapezoid or the addition of hybrid icing, there's a fairly big obstacle standing in the way. Most in hockey really like where the game is right now. Attempts to slow it down in the name of safety will be met with resistance, which means this week's general managers meetings might be light on change.