Coyotes coach Dave Tippett on possible NHL rule changes

Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett was part of the committee that examined a myriad of rule changes for the NHL coming out of the 2004-05 lockout. Ultimately, they settled on a handful of tweaks that most people agree made the game better.

Last week we shared some thoughts from Kings’ coach Darryl Sutter and goaltender Jonathan Quick about two of the ways currently being talked about to increase scoring in the game – either make the nets larger or decrease the size of goalie equipment. Both had strong opinions on the subject, read here.

Given Tippett’s involvement in past discussions of the sort, we checked in with him today after morning skate to get his views on the overall subject. Here’s what he shared…

– On if he is a proponent of larger nets or smaller goalie equipment: “No, I’m a fan of keeping the nets the same, and I still think there’s still ways you could look at decreasing the size of goalie equipment without sacrificing any safety of the goaltenders.”

– On his concern with making nets bigger: “Just the tradition of the game. The tradition of the game is very valuable to our sport, to the history of hockey. If you change the parameters of the net, that would change all the record books. It would change the integrity of the game.”

– On increasing the size of NHL rinks: “It would take the physical element of the game out of it. I’ve been fortunate, I played a long time in the NHL on the small rink, and I’ve played two Olympics on big ice. I prefer the smaller rink – the more action, the physical parts of the game. One thing, when you’re on a smaller ice surface, the physical parts of the game, what it does is creates more energy in a game. It generates more turnovers, and makes it a lot more exciting game.”

RELATED CONTENT:  Tippett on Dustin Brown, memories and more

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please include a link to www.MayorsManor.com

Recent Articles

VIDEO: Kings of the Roundtable – Episode 6, Lightning Round

We are now over an hours deep on this summer’s Kings of the Roundtable. Now get ready for Episode 6, a rapid fire lightning round on a plethora of different topics.
MayorsManor and The Fourth Period partnered to bring you an all star cast — featuring Dennis Bernstein (Senior Writer at The Fourth Period), Jonathan […]

VIDEO: Kings of the Roundtable – Episode 5

After beginning to talk about potential trades and/or free agent signings during Kings of the Roundtable, Episode 4, the group is back to finish that discussion, as well as go to-to-toe on Dustin Brown losing the captaincy, the possibility of a bounce back year from Tyler Toffoli, should Anze Kopitar be expected to raise the […]

VIDEO: Kings of the Roundtable – Episode 4

Has the LA Kings’ championship window closed? Is a roster rebuild necessary? Who should play with Anze Kopitar next season? What trades or free agent signings should the team explore this summer? These are just some of the questions answered in Kings of the Roundtable, Episode 4.
MayorsManor and The Fourth Period partnered to bring you […]

Major News Items

LA Kings 2017 Mid-Season Prospect Rankings: Top Two Players Revealed

The wait is over; it's time to reveal the top two players on our 2017 Mid-Season Prospect Rankings. Which player has earned the coveted No. 1 spot? As we finish off this multi-part series, we'll begin with a thank you … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

Trackbacks

  1. […] Coyotes coach Dave Tippett on possible NHL rule changes […]

  2. […] Coyotes coach Dave Tippett on possible NHL rule changes […]

  3. […] Coyotes coach Dave Tippett on possible NHL rule changes […]

  4. […] RELATED CONTENT:  Tippett on possible NHL rule changes […]

  5. […] RELATED CONTENT: Tippett on possible NHL rule changes […]