What you just stated just proved his point. It does slow down the game as those seconds that are just usually melted away with the icing are now actually played and therefore dragging the game on longer.
I understand what you're saying about me proving his point. But it depends on how you look at it.
It slows down the actual elapsed time of the game... but as far as GAME PLAY, it eliminates the time that is essentially wasted with no actual competitive hockey play, as the defenseman skates back to touch up. I consider a fast paced game one where teams are actually competing against each other with time on the clock, not burning time with a formality like skating back and touching the puck.
At the end of a game with the goalie pulled that can be 5-7 seconds of time per icing.
Edited by oofrostonoo, 17 September 2013 - 12:30 PM.