Among the topics discussed at the NHL general managers meetings on Tuesday was the Tampa Bay Lightnings decision to play a 1-3-1 zone against the Philadelphia Flyers last week and the Flyers refusal to advance the puck without pressure.
The Lightning employed a similar tactic against the Capitals last season and the Capitals responded similarly, having their defensemen play catch with the puck while the Lightning sat back without pressure.
I dont think it is something youre going to see on a nightly basis, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke told NHL.com. Obviously, if you do, that is a problem. Were in the entertainment business, but I dont think we need to react to it today.
Instead, the GMs agreed to monitor the frequency of such defensive tactics and address it again when they meet in March.
If more NHL coaches began employing the 1-3-1, especially in shaky hockey markets, the entertainment value of NHL games would drop dramatically.
But as Tuesday nights game in Nashville proved, a 0-0 game can be extremely entertaining when both teams are on the attack.
What do you think? Should the NHL try outlawing the passive 1-3-1 with a delay of game penalty for the team that refuses to pursue the puck?