The IceMan’s Rant: What Happened to Defense in the NHL?

Posted: 2nd January 2010 by Nucks IceMan in NHL
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Nucks and Philly Written by: Larry ôThe Nucks IceManö Johnson O.K. IÆve stayed quiet long enough. Forty games û nothing, calm and controlled, but now IÆve got to rant! WhatÆs with this pamsey, whamsey, no touch in the front of the net, you canÆt fight for position garbage? This question is for any people that have coached or played hockey. This is not meant to eliminate others, because I want your opinion also. Why is it in todayÆs hockey, that few defensemen play the man? Everyone seems to play the puck, either they are trying to stick check or they are mesmerized and stand around watching it. Is it that long ago when you would play the body, your partner would take care of the puck? On the third St. Louis goal, Salo went by the player, then the rest of the Canucks either stood a ...

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