As a small time blogger, I often hear what is wrong with the League and what fans want to do fix it. What do you think was the biggest complaint I heard? Out of all the dangers in the League, people had the most problems is with the inconsistency of the refereeing.
The biggest problem that the fans are having with the refs how can one play earn a penalty one game and not the next? Here is the thing - have the refs lost their minds or do they have no idea what a penalty is? Are the guidelines too subjective? Does the NHL have to get more decisive on its rules?
So where does the problem start? Is it with the League, or are the Refs not seeing what a fan sees? When the refs mess up it really confuses the players. They need to know what a penalty is. How can the players play when they have no idea what is expected of them?
Another complaint is heard mostly from non-hockey fans. What do you think that was? The violence in the League. Too many incidents of players losing their minds. It's like aliens have taken over their bodies and they do something - well – something not very bright. They seem to think smacking other players over the head or biting or whatever thing they do is okay. The players have to start respecting each other.
If you or I did the what the players are pulling off in the workplace, we would be arrested. Can you imagine if I decided to walk to into my office and smack a fellow worker over the head with a stick? Or maybe kick him with a skate or - here is an idea - bite him? So maybe someone can explain it to me; why do some of these players think they can? Okay, that might be a little extreme, but you get my point, don't you? Those are the two biggest complaints on the Richter scale, I have heard many more.
I love this game, but seriously the League has to address these two issues. The referees have to get consistent. The League has to get some kind of message out or maybe motivate the players to play nice. Yes, that is right, maybe we need to take more than their supper away from them. Maybe I am being a bit facetious, but please, someone wake up and maybe give these players something to worry about.