Originally Posted by Preacher
I agree with you completely Xterm..
Instigator rule needs to go away.
Also... They need to stop calling interference penalties...
Trust me.. without an instigator rule, there won't be much interference... and hockey will get some physicality back...
That, with the changes they already made with the ice and no center line (great changes) would be just about the right balance in my book...
then again... my book means diddly squat!
If the league is really serious about protecting its stars, then getting rid of the instigator is the only way to go. People I've talked to - newer fans - seem to think that getting rid of it means we'll go back to the "Slapshot" days with bench-clearing brawls every night, when all it would mean is that a player would instantly be held accountable for their antics on the ice, or pay the price if they cheap-shot Sid or Malkin or any other star player. Even if all they did was eliminate the extra 10-minute misconduct, it would give enforcers much more freedom to patrol the ice.
As for interference, they should still call it...when it actually is interference. If contact with a player prevents an obvious scoring chance, that's interference. If a player deliberately runs over the goalie, that's interference. But if you're just fighting for the puck or for position in front of the net, that's NOT interference. Yet those are the ones that constantly get called.