Why 'The Trap' Is Ruining Hockey, and What the NHL Can Do About It

devin rodgerCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2007

At the NHL Board of Governors meetings in Pebble Beach, CA, the focus of the board's discussions was on the lack of goal scoring in hockey this season.

After the lockout, the NHL brought out a different set of nets to spur more scoring. Yet despite, the net enlargements, scoring is again dipping down close to pre-lockout levels.

Some have suggested that it wasn't the nets that need to get bigger, but that the goalies are getting better. I'm not trying to put down the goalie's—yes, they are getting better—but there is still one thing that the B.O.G. did not talk about that is really bringing down the scoring.

That's right—the trap.

You know—the one man who rushes the D-men while two stay on the blue line and two back on the red line. You can't beat that stupid play unless...well, yeah, you really can't!

Yes, I'm a Sens fan, and it would seem that I'm just upset that seemingly every opponent is doing it to my team and that's why they're losing—but that's a different story.

I have always been against the trap since it started way back when I can't even remember. But after watching the Leafs take on Pittsburgh and seeing nothing but slow ping-pong—that's when I knew I had to say something about it.

The powers that be in the NHL have board meetings every year and even more often than that some years, yet they never think to even mention this play that is not only bringing down scoring but slowing the speed of the game to a crawl.

All the television hockey analysts are even saying that enough is enough, and I couldn't agree more.

They need to have another B.O.G. meeting very soon and take this play out because it is bringing down hockey even more-so than the general lack of interest in the game from the American sports-going public.