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Bruins’ Bergeron not a fan of possible faceoff changes

Mar 23, 2014, 10:38 AM EDT

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Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron is one of the best faceoff guys in the league, but if the league changes how draws are taken he won’t be a big supporter of it.

Bergeron told Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com that changing the protocol for how to do faceoffs, a change proposed by NHL general managers, doesn’t make sense to him.

“I don’t know if I like that. I think so far it’s been great just the way it is. I don’t know why we need to play with that,” said Bergeron. “It’s a face off, and it’s important to win the draw. I’m not big on it, but I’ll try to get used to whatever rules they implement… just like what they had with the tucked in jerseys.”

Bergeron, who has won 58.9 percent of his draws this season, added that he doesn’t see why it’s a big deal a guy gets thrown out of the circle the first time. He points out that sometimes teams do it to get an extra little bit to rest before play starts again.

Using the jersey tuck rule to make his point is interesting because after all the attention that got at the start of the season, it seems to have worked just fine since players aren’t being called for penalties for violating it. If faceoff changes do happen, players will adapt because they have to or else.

  1. bruinsfan55 - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    I feel that if the best man on the dot over the last 3-4 years doesn’t like it, I’m not sure how many others would.

  2. killerpgh - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    I kind of like it. How many times a game do we see winger line up for the face-off just to purposely get tossed and give his teammates a little more of a break after an icing just to have the actual center come and and take the face-off. Now under this proposed rule change that won’t happen. Players won’t get kicked out of the face-off dot, just punished by being forced back up a bit and lose leverage.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      Not very often.

    • paperlions - Mar 23, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      …and if a team does that…so what? First, there is a chance he doesn’t get tossed and his team loses the draw instead…and if he does get tossed and players get an extra 5 seconds of rest….well, who cares? It isn’t like that type of gamesmanship results in substantial delays or benefits.

  3. slaugin - Mar 23, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    This is off topic but I wouldn’t trade Bergeron for anyone in the NHL.

    • sabatimus - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      Amen.

  4. flyerguy73 - Mar 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Please do not let the NHL turn into the NFL! Football is not football anymore. Please leave hockey alone!

  5. hockeyflow33 - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    If they think kicking a center man out takes too much time, how much time will calling a penalty take?

  6. bigbadbruins77 - Mar 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Says the best face off man in the game. Leave it alone.

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