(these guys wouldn't have even been in playoffs under a logical system)
Random thoughts on essentially one topic - the others got old since new year dawned.
The latest: Finally, NHL general managers and other assorted poobahs seem to have recognized the folly of 'bonus' points which have distorted the standings since overtime/shootout points began being awarded following the lockout-aborted 2004-05 season.
Not that anything will likely change anytime soon, though it should. Lawsuits over lost playoff dates and revenue based on distorted standings ought long ago to have been filed, if people had been paying attention.
The points system has never made any sense, as detailed here many times - bottom line, the 2012 Stanley Cup champ LA Kings would not have made the playoffs were a loss a loss and awarded no points - and most recently by the Waterloo Region Record's Ontario Hockey League reporter Josh Brown in a worthy column detailing how to make that league better.
Thing is, the powers that be in hockey don't seem to get it. They continue to come up with excuses, rationalizations and so on for what is an obviously flawed system that any logical thinker can appreciate. Why has it taken them so long to even appreciate the issue, let alone try to deal with it??
And by the way: forget the 3-2-1 points talk. Just go back to wins, losses and ties. The NHL and all of hockey, which follows the NHL lead, STILL constructs standings as if there were ties so why bother with the BS? Just go back to the way it was: You win, you get 2 points. You lose, you get zip. You tie and you get a point. Whether it be after OT - which in regular season as stated here countless times if you are going to have regular season OT should be like playoffs, 20 minutes until someone wins, then you'd see quick resolution, trust me - or not.
It's not that difficult, resolving the points system. Most journalists and fans have been calling for such revisions for going on 15 years. That said, I will grant that 3-2-1 distasteful as it is to me, would be better than the inexplicable/indefensible abomination hockey has had since 2004.
BERKOBITS: Oh, and they're apparently going to look at goalie equipment. Again. Probably cut pads by an inch or whatever, that'll change things re lack of scoring.
Sure. Look. Here's two surefire ways to at least help in what is seen as a scoring drought: 1. Make players serve the full duration of a two-minute penalty. Been saying this, unheeded, for years. Used to be this way. It changed during the 1950s when the NHL decided the powerful Montreal Canadiens' power play was unfair. Maybe it was. But as usual, sports leagues penalize the strong and reward the weak. Ridiculous. Make players serve the entire two minutes and the likelihood is at least a few more goals will be scored if that is what hockey wants. 2. Speaking of power plays, why in the name of whoever are teams killing a penalty allowed to ice the puck with impunity?? The team committed an infraction. They are penalized for it. And then they are rewarded by being able to simply ice the puck? They should be called for icing with subsequent faceoff in own zone every time. These are two simple and logical changes that ought to help.
And besides all this, why not take a step back, stop with the constant rules tinkering and let the game evolve on its own? We might find it evolves and continues quite nicely. But no . . .