Now diving…

Last week there was a NHL rule enforcement meeting. Some coaches, managers, players and referees were all thrown together to talk. I think it was a great idea that the players and referees got together. These are the two groups right in the action. They should know more or less what each other is thinking.

It was reported that diving was a popular topic to discuss at these meetings. Diving and how to curb it. Really? This is the biggest issue for NHL rule enforcement?

Don’t get me wrong, I hate diving and would love to see it erased from the game. That will never happen. Get used to it: diving is here to stay. Referees get abuse from everyone remotely associated with the game. Do they really want to make a call with ten minutes left for diving that results in a goal and a loss? They don’t!

They suggested putting a list of the divers in every locker room to shame them into stopping. They tried this before and I remember the list being very short and we all just laughed about it. Fine them? Sure but a thousand dollar fine won’t even register.

I don’t think you can get rid of diving so look at areas that do need to be adjusted. I think the icing rule needs to be changed to protect defenceman. Yes I might be bias but how severe an injury needs to happen before we all wake up and change it. We all remember Taylor Fedun go flying into the end walls.

Would it be crazy to allow goalies to play pucks like they used to? I love how many teams forecheck like crazy because of this rule change but it may save some defenceman some big hits that result in injuries. I am on the fence with this adjustment but I believe it is worth discussing. What does the Nation think?

Ditch the diving talk and work on issues that can be addressed!

One step at a time big guy…

Nail Yakupov has a lot of energy and is very excited about starting a professional career. However, as a rookie there are certain rules to tread lightly into that career that should be followed. There is only one chance to make a first impression with your new teammates.

It is premature for him to be looking for a place to live in Edmonton. Nothing is ever set in stone and even if it is getting a house before you have practiced once with an NHL team isn’t a great idea. There is no rush, get to camp, earn your spot then get a home.

I realize that he will most likely play on the Oilers this winter. However, humility and some respect for the NHL goes a long way in creating your reputation.

Gregor gains ground…

I give Jason Gregor a lot of heat for his lack on skill on a golf course. I just played with him earlier this week and an apology is in order. He has improved big time! In fact he beat me by three strokes! I haven’t played much this summer but I have to give credit where it is due! Well done sir.

Now if only his golfing attire would match his game. Do you own a shirt that doesn’t have fluorescent green on it?

  • I don’t think it’s It is premature for him to be looking for a place to live in Edmonton.

    He wants the stability of his family near him, which is completely fine. If he doesn’t make the team, I’m assuming he would go and play in the KHL and still have his family near by.

    I think we sometimes take for granted different cultures way of thinking and the way they differ from our own way of thinking sometimes. (Not saying you did Jason)seems family is very important issue to him.

  • BurkeTheTurd

    You expected Gregor to choose good colors? C’mon, look at the NFL team he cheers for…Those colors would look okay- if you were decorating your baby’s room.

  • My 2 cents:

    I agree on no-touch icing.

    I like the trapezoid.

    Yak can buy a house wherever he likes – I think he should be judged on how he conducts himself with teammates, not on where he owns property.

    I know that diving will always be around, but I hate it, and they should do whatever they can to keep it from getting to the ridiculous proportions you see in soccer/football. Refs may be very hesitant to call a diving penalty with 10 minutes left, but they are also hesitant to call most everything else with 10 minutes left in a tight game. This is what I would like to see:

    – Make stand-alone diving calls (i.e. when there is a dive, refs generally seem to either (a) call a trip on player A and a dive on player B; or (b) call nothing). They should just penalize the diver. That would create a much bigger disincentive to diving.

    – Give players a 2 and a 10 for diving, instead of just a 2. The 10 would also be a big disincentive – especially for 1st & 2nd liners.

    • G Money

      It would be an interesting experiment to punish dives with just a 10-minute misconduct. No powerplay, so it doesn’t affect the flow or outcome of the game – except that the diver doesn’t get to play for the next 10 minutes. I imagine *that* would provide some pretty strong disincentive to dive, but without putting referees in the same bind as calling it as a penalty would.

      And on JW and Archaeologuy’s point

      – if Player “H” has a stick near Player “B” and “B” dives to try and draw a penalty, “B” gets to sit in the box for 10 minutes

      – if Player “H” actually trips Player “B”, but “B” embellishes the infraction with a huge flop to the ice, “H” spends two minutes in the box and his team is shorthanded, while “B” sits in the box for 10, even though his team has a powerplay.

      Might work.

  • BurkeTheTurd

    I agree, go to no touch icing, I don’t think it adds much to the game and lots of D are getting hurt.

    As for the goalies being able to play the puck, I’m on the fence, I don’t think the rule changed a lot from a viewer perspective.

  • Jason, I think Yak moving his family here to Edmonton was to stop everybody from asking if he would be going back to Russia. I think that needs to be taken into account. Every interview he did he was getting asked about the KHL. The move to Edmonchuk all but put an end to that.

  • OilDoug

    Jason,

    I get where you are coming from but I don’t think Yackupov and his family move to Edmonton unless he was told he’s staying with the Oilers this season.

    If I’m not mistaken the Oilers have told Sarnia he won’t go back there if there is a lockout so it’s Edmonton or the KHL. As long as Yakupov doesn’t act entitled with the guys in the room, at camp or when on the road I think all is good.

    Everything I’ve seen with Yackupov or N64 tells me this kid just wants to be part of the team. In fact I’m guessing thats why the Oilers recommended he get a house and bring family members over so he feels comfortable.