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Bruins coach Julien conflicted by hybrid icing

Sep 14, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

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With hybrid icing being tested out during preseason, some coaches are going to find the adjustment to the potential new rule a little tricky. One coach who’s not sure what to make of it is Boston Bruins bench boss Claude Julien.

Joe Haggerty of hears from Julien and finds the coach dealing with “mixed feelings” on the new rule.

“For coaches, I think [the hybrid icing] is a bit of a mixed feeling. We’re very supportive of it when it comes to the safety of the players,” said Claude Julien. “I think what it does sometimes is take away some of the plays [you can make]. You’ve seen us use at time before, right from inside our blue line we’d rim the puck in and had our fore check just to get the puck in deep.”

Ah, the old “safety vs. strategy” debate. Wait, that’s actually a new one.

Dumping the puck in is nothing new when it comes to strategizing the game and the Bruins can dump-and-chase with the best of them. While Julien’s team might lose out getting to do some of what they want to do, one would have to think being able to keep players off the injured list would be worth the sacrifice.

After what’s happened to Carolina’s Joni Pikanen as well as Kurtis Foster and Taylor Fedun in recent years, getting rid of the race to beat icing isn’t so bad.

  1. avfanforlife - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Time will tell with this rule… But time has told already with the trapezoid, yet it still remains. Lose it already!

    • madmax80 - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      The trapezoid will stay until Brodeur retires!!

  2. dglelite - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    I know this is probably against what most people think…but I like the rule exactly the way it is.

    I think it is exciting to see people racing for the puck.
    Think of how the crowd goes nuts when a players races in and gets to the puck before a defender.
    I agree with Julien that it will take out a piece of strategy.

    Ok, so three people have gotten hurt as a result of a race to the puck. i feel sorry for them and their injuries, I truly am. But it is part of the game.

    Keep the rule the way it is…Hybrid icing is just another way sports these days are getting wussified.

    • sunderlanding - Sep 14, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      I agree with most of what you say, but it doesn’t take away strategy, or rather you don’t loose any overall stategy, it just changes the strategy.

  3. arbruins - Sep 14, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Just more pussification of sports in north America. Coming soon will be the no losers rule.

  4. nhstateline - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    The AHL used a hybrid icing last season. It took about two weeks to get used to it. It doesn’t change the game that much. I’d trade off the Bruins’ ability to not make the really, really deep chip and stretch pass they like to use (they can still use shorter ones , all the AHL teams did) in order to never see Patrice Bergeron or any of his teammates or any NHL player leave the ice on a stretcher because some opponent didn’t know when they were beaten in a race and plowed them into the glass in a last, desperate effort to win.

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