So let me get this straight.. You are seriously saying that the wider rinks result in fewer goals? Have you ever watched any international/european hockey? A sidenote; the distance from the goal to the blueline is longer in the NHL then on international rinks. Also, these "All Star" tournaments have "All Star" defenders/goalies as well.
EDIT: Can Triumph or someone dig up some actual stats ? Average goals scored pr game in the NHL vs KHL would be good.
Average goals scored versus different leagues doesn't tell us much because they're completely different players in those league.
I watched a lot of KHL games this season and the game was much less aggressive with much less chances going on. I've watched SEL games when I could.
The NHL would be lesser exciting using bigger rinks. Teams would drop back even quicker to avoid giving teams wide open skates. It would become even more a perimeter game than it is now. At least now the smaller rink forces some confrontations and poor defensive plays due to lack of time, on a bigger rink those defenders get more time to make decisions and more time means less mistakes. Offense comes more from mistakes made by the defense than from great plays from the offense.
Edited by Devils731, 18 May 2013 - 03:48 PM.