During the 2004-05 lockout, the NHL changed a rule to get rid of the red-line/two-line pass rule. In short, the rule restricts skaters from receiving a pass that crosses over two lines (self-explanatory).
Bobby Orr spoke with reporters about how he feels about the current state of the red line rule, and spoke openly about his agreement with bringing it back. He believes that it will give offenses a chance to hone their skills and reduce the amount of injuries (apparently from blocking shots?).
This video is a good example of where the two-line pass/red line rule comes into account:
(Travis Hughes also goes into more length on the video)
The rule change was to try to lower the amount of open ice hits and give the players more space to score more goals (as you can tell in the video). This also stopped teams from conducting the neutral zone trap, which was a death-to-most play that crippled teams breaking out and has varied since the 90’s and 2000s.
This conversation has come into discussion a lot since the lock out; even as far as team general managers speaking on the matter, but it’s all for naught. One argument that doesn’t make headway but is worth discussing is that there’s not really definitive, tell-all facts about whether or not the two-line pass rule reduces or increases concussions. Even now players are better at avoiding situations that would result in themselves being hit, especially at center ice.
With that in mind, the rule was put in strictly for the matter of having a faster game that appeals to the fans (which means more money).
A quick read on the matter from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy gives a good insight on the matter. The goals per game average was 5.320 in 2011-12, in 2012-13 it was 5.307, 5.343 in the 2013-14 season and 5.324 in the 2014-15 season. The scoring stayed within .1 of each other within the past 4 seasons yet people are in a hooplah about scoring. It’s still more scoring than soccer (I think), and if you multiply by seven, you match the scoring in the current state of the NFL.
(By the way, specific stats are from here)
The rule change on this matter has already been adopted and adapted to. Why change what truly isn’t broken?
If you’re going to continue to change the game to add scoring, then why even have goalies or defensemen on the roster? They’re paid to DEFEND or to be a GOAL-TENDER. They have their jobs and when it’s a low-scoring game, they are doing their jobs well. If one rule doesn’t work, don’t go back or don’t add another rule. Clearly things aren’t working in the NHL's rule-making department if they keep changing things, so maybe things aren’t meant to be have rules added or taken away?
(Except for the 3v3 format. That's awesome. Keep that the way it is, now.)
Enter goal/goalie-size rule (yes they want to change these, too)
For a while now, GM’s have been in cahoots with each other to change either the size of the net or the size of goalie pads. Goalie pads were already limited in a (hint-hint) rule change during the 2013-14 period. Are we eventually going to get to a point where goalies just suit up to skate out like everyone else and just have a garbage can instead of a net?
Come on, fellas.
Don’t even get me started on the net. This isn’t soccer and it isn’t basketball, we don’t need a bigger net and we don’t need a hoop: we need a 4x6 net curved in the corners. It’s worked pretty well for now so the net isn’t the problem. If there’s any problem, it’s just teams are getting better defensively.
Or maybe the problem is the NHL (Gary) is obsessed with getting page-views and money?