After coaching three games that involved various different rule changes, Dan Bylsma
and Dave Tippett
were able to pick out what potential changes they liked best. Here are their favorites:
No line change after going offside and the faceoff goes back into the offending team's zone
"It's a little bit the same as the icing rule, where you can't change and it goes back to the end zone. If they did that with offside also, that's an area where you can really exploit matchups. It's giving a team an advantage. Now, there are going to be some people who say just because you go offside, is it too much of an advantage? The one thing offside does is it stops the game, so you'd basically be penalized for stopping the game. Don't stop the game. Play fast, but there is going to be a consequence if you stop it with icing or offside. I know how hard it is when you ice the puck and you've got tired players on, a mismatch, it can change the outcome of games."
Switch ends for overtime and start with four minutes of 4-on-4 and then go to three minutes of 3-on-3
"You'd get more games decided in the overtime. That's something I would like to see implemented in our game. All the good players are going to be on the ice more and the long change accentuates being tired. If it goes end-to-end and you get tired, I think more games will be decided in that overtime period than go to a shootout."
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