February 5, 1998 |
The red line, an NHL staple for 55 years, may be history. Elimination of the red line was among seven rule changes backed by NHL general managers yesterday after three days of meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz., to discuss ways to improve the flow of play, encourage forechecking and create more scoring. The GMs cannot implement changes, only recommend them to owners, who meet in June, possibly in Buffalo, N.Y. In addition, the league will examine three areas after the Olympic break: a second referee, obstruction infractions and goaltenders' equipment, including glove, blocking pad, stick and the leg pads that have grown 2 inches in width in recent seasons.
September 30, 2012 |
The debate over when (and whether) to set a "red line" for attacking Iran's nuclear program slipped toward farce Thursday when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a marker and drew a thick red line across a cartoon-like drawing of an Iranian bomb. The scene was Netanyahu's speech to the U.N. General Assembly. And the subject was serious: how to prevent the Iranian regime from producing nuclear weapons. But the Israeli leader's constant demand - that Washington set red lines for Iran's nuclear program, which, if ignored, would trigger U.S. bomb strikes - has become counterproductive.
June 24, 2009
It is ironic that a popular movie this week is a remake of the 1974 film The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, a Denzel Washington vehicle that also features all the modern technology devised to prevent subway-train crashes. Hijackers thwart the safety gizmos in the fictional depiction, but investigators yesterday were still trying to figure out what went terribly wrong and allowed two commuter trains to collide in Washington on Monday, killing nine people and leaving almost 80 injured. Washington's popular Metro system is equipped with a fail-safe signal system that should have prevented the rush-hour accident.
February 5, 1998 |
The NHL yesterday ordered its referees to call more obstruction-type penalties when games resume after the Olympic break, while the league's general managers backed seven rule changes - including the elimination of the red line - all aimed at speeding up games and creating more scoring. The GMs cannot implement changes, only recommend them to owners, who will meet in June. The GMs earlier had recommended tighter officiating. If approved, play without a red line will be tested next preseason.
March 13, 2012
Tyler Myers scored 2 minutes, 1 second into overtime to lift the host Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night. Buffalo (33-29-8) improved to 9-2-2 in their past 13 games and jumped ahead of Winnipeg into ninth place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind Washington in the race for the final playoff spot. Hawks extend Carcillo The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to a two-year contract extension with forward Daniel Carcillo. The 26-year-old Carcillo tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a game against Edmonton on Jan. 2 and won't play again this season.
September 17, 2013
Contrary to those who have caricatured him as an extremist or a tyrant, President Obama tends to search for middle ground almost reflexively. No doubt this useful habit served him well throughout much of his life as an organizer, lawyer, and legislator. In the presidency, however, it has sometimes done him in. Obama's approach to the civil war in Syria is the latest and perhaps most glaring example. There is a line brighter than Obama's infamous red one between military intervention and the lack thereof, and Obama's endless attempts to straddle it have rendered his Syria policy a muddle.
September 28, 1998 |
The Flyers' exhibition loss to the Penguins Saturday night featured an experimental rules change, eliminating the red line for two-line passes. Unfortunately, all too often on a steamy night at HersheyPark Arena, the teams found themselves experimenting with no red line, no blue lines and no view of the puck at their own feet. Unseasonably warm conditions inside the venerable, unairconditioned rink led to dense fog. The Pens' 1-0 victory was stopped 19 times so players could skate around in circles, trying to lift the mist.
July 1, 2005 |
Seeking to generate more offense and excitement, the NHL will make major changes if the game returns to the ice this fall. League sources said last night that the red line will be discounted, thus allowing passes from blue line to blue line. The red line will remain on the ice only to determine icing. Also given tentative approval is the elimination of ties. Instead, a shoot-out after a period of overtime would be used. If the lockout ends and a new collective-bargaining agreement is announced, the rules changes also are expected to be announced.
March 6, 2002 |
"The Clarke Plan" is going to get a tryout. Colin Campbell, the NHL's director of hockey operations, said yesterday at the general managers' meeting in Naples, Fla., that Flyers general manager Bob Clarke's proposal to change the configuration of the ice surface would be tried sometime next season during a college tournament in Michigan. Clarke's bold plan would eliminate the two face-off circles in each end of the ice and replace them with one circle in the middle of each end, directly in front of the goalie.
June 17, 1998 |
Saddled with sagging network television ratings and too many dull, low-scoring games, the National Hockey League's general managers yesterday proposed significant rules changes, which are expected to be approved for the 1998-99 season, to make the game more exciting. None of the recommended changes is goaltender-friendly. Rather, they are intended to boost scoring on power plays, allow more creativity behind the net, and quicken the pace of games. In addition to the proposed changes, and perhaps most significant, the league will experiment in some preseason games with erasing the center-ice red line.