Penalize freezing the puck

Murray Townsend, Mount Forest, Ont.

Watching post-lockout hockey has been refreshing. Rule changes and officiating have allowed for better flow and less interference.

One simple rule change I have appreciated is the effect of the no-substitution rule on icings.

Defending teams get tired, leading to more scoring opportunities.

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Why not expand that to a rule where no substitutions are allowed when a goalie freezes the puck?

This would penalize a team that can’t get the puck out of their zone by simply tiring them out.

Tired players lead to mistakes and mistakes to goals.

I like goals.