JonnyLaRue wrote:Apparently Naslund said the same sort of thing. He said he has played without the centerline and it does not change the game.
naslund didn't say that there were traps in euro hockey. he just said that there's a lot more dirty stickwork in the euro leagues. people say that by eliminating the red it wouldn't open up the game, but you're forgetting that the offensive zone has expanded since the nets have been moved back.
if you don't trap your opponent, you're pretty much screwed. there's too much space to operate in the offensive zone. you'll see less trapping (especially with the no-line-change-if-you-dump-the-puck rule) but you won't see MUCH faster paced hockey either.