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Ken Holland and Mike Babcock disagree on bringing back the red line

Mar 10, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

Mike Babcock AP

After the lockout, the red line was taken out of play to allow for more speed and and a more open game on the ice. Now with injuries becoming more commonplace thanks to the increased speed through the neutral zone, some want to see it back in effect.

One of those people that wants it returned is Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. Unfortunately for him, Red Wings GM Ken Holland doesn’t agree with him as CBC’s Tim Wharnsby shares.

“I’m not sure where we are going if we put the red-line back in,” Holland said. “I think we have a great game. There are scoring chances. There are lead changes. There is parity. There are races for the divisions. There are races for the conferences. There are races for the playoffs. Last year, seven of the 15 series in the playoffs went to a game seven.”

Holland says the game has never been better and after sharing his idea to make overtime a 10-minute affair featuring five minutes each of four-on four and three-on-three to help further eliminate the possibility of shootouts, Holland is keeping busy with the big ideas. Judging by how much talk on bringing back the red line is picking up steam, it looks like Holland is going to be busy fighting a few uphill battles.

  1. rainyday56 - Mar 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Stop messing with the game. It is screwed up enough as it is. Fix the next CBA instead. Get the PA to agree to a lifetime ban provision for non rehabilatable repeat offenders. Just watch the injuries from collisions go down with that sword hanging over their heads.

    They should also negotiate a comprehensive player safety education and certifiction program that is done annually before start of each training camp.

    Simplify the cap so you can replace the “capologists” ,beancounter and lawyers whose jobs were created because of the current CBA with travelling safety officials.

    Fix the business, not the game.

    • rainyday56 - Mar 10, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      …and if you can’t see that the lockout was a defacto strike by the executives and professions serving the NHL in order to grow the business of their trades within the league, then you haven’t been paying attention.

  2. firstandonlywarning - Mar 10, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Its a better game without it
    Its a safer game with it

    I think you keep it out and look towards changing the equipment and allow hooking to a degree in the neutral zone before bringing the red line back.

  3. 8man - Mar 10, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    That is some great hair. Wings will go deep.

    • 11cups - Mar 13, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      It’s a Conan thing

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