More on kicking in the crease
It's really nice to hear that there are reasonable people like you that can see the big picture, the unintended consequences, of allowing pucks to be kicked into the net.Here were my original thoughts on the issue.
The reason that it only happens rarely is because is isn't allowed. If it were allowed, every scrum in front of the net would include frantic kicking at the puck by everybody on offense. Goalies wouldn't be the only ones hurt. When I hear people say that allowing goals that were kicked in would make things simpler, I look at goal-mouth scrums for a couple of games and try to imagine what it would be like down there if everybody was kicking at the puck. And it's pretty scary to imagine.— Patty in Dallas
As an aside, I hear all the time how there aren't hockey fans in many of the new American markets, but it seems like every second email I get is someone from Raleigh or Tampa or Texas and they often have sound reasoning for every point they make.
The league's reach may be meagre on a wide scale, but in individual markets there are definitely growing groups of knowledgeable, hardcore fans. The funny thing is that, this season in particular, it was a lot of the markets that have been around for a long time that really struggled at the gate, and the bottom feeders in attendance the past two years have been St. Louis, Chicago, the Islanders, Washington and New Jersey.