Sounds like the GM's shot down the idea of reinstating the center line, but had an alternative idea of adding the ringette line at the top of the face off circles at both ends of the ice. In order for a player to pass the puck up the ice or for a stretch pass, the player will have to cross the ringette line, or the "Bowman line", in order for the play to be legal. If the passer is behind the ringette line and the receiver is over the center line, it would be blown down as a two-line-pass.
They figure with this, players would have to use more skill in their own end to advance the play up the ice, instead of just shooting it up the boards from deeper in the zone. Sounds like the NHL want the AHL to guinea pig this idea next season.
What do you think about this?
I think it's an interesting idea, and I really don't see how it could hurt the game. It allows for the usual two-line-pass to still happen, but you just need to be past the circles. It will definitely reduce the end to end stretch passes though. Sometimes those plays are really exciting, but I still think of it as cherry picking. I certainly have no problem when the Pats pull it off...lol. It will be interesting to see how it works out. Seeing two more lines on the ice will be different. Nothing new though, as all the rec rinks have the ringette line on the ice.
I'm not a fan of all the tinkering of the game, but this idea doesn't really bother me at all.
is what rules like this do.
I don't know that it's going to be a huge issue for teams that use stretch passes to their advantage, but it seems like if a team is capable of and aware enough to get a guy down the ice to receive the pass, it shouldn't be something they're punished for (or have hindered).
I guess I just feel like it's cutting down on the available strategic options for teams of varying systems to have in their bag of tricks. One can certainly make the argument that it's only slightly altering it, but it's altering the move nonetheless.
I continue to be boggled at why leagues keep looking for ways to make scoring harder. I don't know of anyone who wants to see 1-0, 2-1 games all the time, with nothing else. Sure, there are a lot of times those games are extremely fun to watch, especially if you have a grasp on hockey subtleties and enjoy the whole game, but so too are high scoring affairs (and these games are what draw in the casual fans moreso than the former).
All in all, I think it's unncessary. I don't think it's the worst idea ever, I just think it's trying to fix something that isn't broken.