Posted by The Meatriarchy
Watching the Sens-Sabres game last night on The NHL Network I was struck by a new tactic being employed by players who are, no doubt, terrified to make any physical contact with an opponent for fear he fall down and a penalty be assessed.
Players now stay close to the man they are covering and at the last minute try to lift his stick just as the puck is coming his way.
In the new obstruction free NHL this may become the only thing defensemen can do in front of their own net now that they aren't permitted to clobber a guy who is standing in front awaiting the puck.
I would imagine that Brad Park who was famous for his "play the man" style and who authored a book under the same name would be somewhat chagrined at this turn of events.
I guess in the new league "stickwork" will take on a whole new meaning.
Sidenote: who is the announcer who calls the Buffalo games on MSG? He is worse than Jiggs McDonald. If the NHL is serious about getting fans in America they really have to up the quality of their broadcasters. I always feel like I am watching a Junior A game when I see an American network broadcast hockey.