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GMs balk at proposed removal of trapezoid

Mar 13, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

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Although Sharks GM Doug Wilson obtained “more support” for his proposal to eliminate the trapezoid, the potential rule change hit a road block during the GM Meetings on Tuesday. The GMs liked the idea of hybrid icing, but the removal of the trapezoid and a separate proposal to reinstate the red line were met with resistance.

“I think it’s a sense that the game is in great shape right now,” Leafs GM Brian Burke said. “The product we have put on the ice is the best product we have put on the ice in terms of speed. I think it’s a great broadcast product. And I think there is a strong sense that this thing is working right now, let’s leave it alone and see where it goes.”

Supporters of the trapezoid feel that it improves the flow of game, but some GMs argue that defensemen are taking needless hits as a result. This might not be the last time the removal of the trapezoid is brought up, but it looks like it’ll still be there in 2012-13.

  1. comradeast - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Screw Burke!

    So sick of reading his comments – who died and made him king?

    He has an opinion on everything and he needs to go away.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      This is a meeting of the GMs, and Burke just happens to be one. My guess is reporters ask him a question and he answers it. Nobody “died and made him king’ but he usually provides a good soundbite or quote.

      That being said, I have to disagree with him here. I don’t like the trapezoid and never have. Let the goalie play the puck if he wants to.

  2. sjsharksfan11 - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    The trapezoid is the dumbest thing in the game today. That and the puck over the glass penalty ruin the game. This hybrid icing will only create more whistles which was the argument for the red line. And these people run teams? That’s scary. Get rid of the trapezoid and the hybrid icing bs won’t be needed. These senseless GM’s have the heads up their you know what.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      the hybrid icing is to prevent injury, has nothing to do with the trapezoid. there wont be any more whistles than before, do you understand the purpose or procedure related to the hybrid icing at all? goalies arent going to come outside of the trapezoid area to play a puck if its been iced anyway…you ever notice how the goalie will sink into his net and avoid touching the puck when its iced toward him? how will that change without the trapezoid?

  3. habsman - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Typical American Clown.

    The puck over the glass did NOT ruin the game. It eliminated deliberate stoppages in play which slowed down the game. Hybrid icing is an attempt to reduce the serious injuries we have witnessed over the past few years and it will have very little impact on whistles in the game. Maybe you should concentrate on wind surfing, and leave hockey to the grown-ups.

    Did I mention that you’re a Typical American Clown?

    • paperlions - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:48 PM

      Thankfully, you are not a typical Canadian.

  4. steelwarriors55 - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    trapezoid rules is a rule that no hockey fans like.But it’s ok since we are just the one paying the players and owners money

  5. bct11554 - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Habsman you are a tool. It’s people like you that make me sick. You are lucky to have a great neighbor like America. Your team is the clown team of the NHL. Not only did you guys want Gomez but you guy felt Mcdough was not good enough to play for your team. Enjoy watching the big golf matches your team will be playing in April while the grown up are playing playoff hockey. You little tool enjoy your pathetic life. Stop giving Canadians a bad name.

  6. sjsharksfan11 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Well said bct11554

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