NHL Rules New to the Past Decade: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

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NHL Rules New to the Past Decade: Should They Stay or Should They Go?
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Regardless of the length of the NHL lockout, the eventual arrival of a new CBA might accompany more than a handful of head-turning rule changes, as it was in the summer of 2005.

If the last prolonged work stoppage paved the entrance for that many policies at once, the next one could result in the repeal of a few. After all, nearly every rule unique to the post-lockout era has been subject to seven years of scrutiny, and a bigger block of time away from authentic game action equals more discussion time.

In determining whether they are worth revisiting or best left alone, the five most significant and arguably most polarizing new rules from the 2005-06 season are assessed as follows. Stay tuned after those five slides for a bonus rule change that came immediately before the 2004-05 lockout.

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