Instigating Change

February 20, 2007 by Tyler  
Filed under NHL Business

Hockey Fights | Derek BoogaardAs I digest some of the information coming out of the General Managers meeting in Naples, Fla this morning, I can’t help but scoff at the instigator rule change they have proposed.

The proposal, which still has to be approved, poses to increase the number of instigator penalties from three to five before the player is subject to a two game suspension.

Is it just me, or does anyone else think that this won’t make a hill of beans difference? They keep mentioning Sidney Crosby as one of the reasons, but the Penguins don’t have anyone who would instigate a fight anyway.

Are they making a change just for the sake of making a change, to please a few players, coaches or fans? You tell me…I just don’t get it.

What happened the drastic changes such as making the nets bigger, removing the red line, the infamous new obstruction rules all in the name of a more entertaining game for the fans?

If they really want to make the game more entertaining for the fans, they should throw out the instigator rule all together. If someone delivers a cheapshot, then they have to live by the code and pay the piper. Let Derek Boogaard and Eric Godard earn their living.

P.S. – If you want to make a change that bad, do us all a favor and nix the touch icing.


4 Comments on "Instigating Change"

  1. Clear Case For The Instigator Penalty | National Hockey League Digest on Thu, 15th Mar 2007 3:24 pm 

    [...] In most cases, Nashville spark plug, Jordin Tootoo doesn’t back away from a good fight.  However, when I was looking through some videos for a clear cut case of an instigator penalty, this is one that came up. [...]

  2. TonyH on Tue, 5th Jun 2007 8:08 pm 

    I remember this article and I searched high and low. Thanks for the link up and I will not send you the email asking what happened to it.

  3. National Hockey League Digest » Blog Archive » The NHL's New Fight Club on Fri, 8th Jun 2007 2:17 pm 

    [...] featured an intriguing article today. The following is an excerpt from the article. When Aaron and Derek Boogaard take a wannabe tough guy to school, they usually do it on the [...]

  4. League Boots Gross Misconduct | National Hockey League Digest on Sat, 23rd Jun 2007 11:28 am 

    [...] the fans point of view.  However, if the league wants to do something constructive, they could eliminate the touch icing and save players’ heads from getting run through the end of the [...]

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