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umteman
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Posted - 03/13/2017 :  12:48:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
here is what "Mr. 50" says needs to be done.

http://hockeyinsider.com/2017/03/12/news/how-islanders-legend-mike-bossy-would-fix-the-nhl/

Did you hear about the retired proctologist? He spent 40 years saying "what's a place like this doing in a girl like you?"

leigh
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Canada
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Posted - 03/16/2017 :  15:06:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is the gist of the article...

You have to wonder whether all the folks employed by the NHL actually believe the propaganda they spout in repeating the “game has never been better” mantra, or whether they simply are dealing in self-preservation in a league that Sixth Avenue rules with an iron hand.

But you don’t have to wonder whether one of the greatest of the greatest players in NHL history believes that, because Mike Bossy certainly does not.

“The players are better than ever, don’t get me wrong — they’re in better shape, have better nutrition and have better equipment — but the game is so monotonous to have to watch,” Bossy told Slap Shots last week when visiting New York. “A lot of times, it’s just like a pinball game............
and it goes on.
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leigh
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Posted - 03/16/2017 :  15:19:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I agree with Bossy's sentiment in this interview. The game is incredibly fast and you don't get to see plays develop like you used to. And it's rare to see a couple minutes of domination by one side - that was one of the things that as a fan was so engaging about hockey in the 80's - whether it was your team or the opposition's, there was some sort of emotional stress in a large part of each game that you watched.

I'm not sure if I like his suggestion of putting a 'key' in front of the net, like in basketball. That seems like an extreme change and would eliminate those small battles in front of the net (the game inside the game) But then again he's scored 50 goals per season for 9 straight years in the NHL, I have not (although I once scored 5 goals in one beer league game - including the game winner baby! ) So when Bossy speaks, maybe we should listen?
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