So, I've been trying to watch a lot of this "New NHL" and the more of it I see the less I'm liking certain aspects of it. I love some of the new rule changes - no 2 line passes especially - but this shootouts thing needs to be stopped. I really hope this goes down as 'that year they had shootouts' similar to 'that year they disallowed all goals with opposing players in the crease'. I took in a couple pre-season games with the shootouts regardless of the score, and that was just silly. Especially the PA guy coming over and explaining that "the team with more goals wins". Brilliant. I figured I'd let it go though since it was pre-season... but I'm still hearing it. I've now watched a couple regular season games that ended in shootouts - OTT vs TOR on opening night and VAN - EDM tonight. This is no way to decide a game! Sometimes teams deserve to tie, and that's fine with me. This has also rendered the 4 on 4 OT periods, which were a highlight of the last season, pretty much useless since a win there is worth no more than a win in the shootout. I think we'll even end up with the teams that win most shootouts sitting back and playing defense for most of a 5-minute OT waiting to win it later in the shootout. As sad as it is, it would almost make more sense to have a judge decide the winner like in boxing than to do it the way they have it now, that way at least the more deserving team would usually win. Or maybe 3 pts for a regular time win, 2 for an OT win, 1 for a shootout win or something. I don't know, but I'm finding this current situation stupid, frustrating, and annoying. And to be clear, I'm an Ottawa fan and we arguably won't lose many shootouts all year with Hasek in net... so I'm not just bitter about a loss. Anyway, I'll stop my rant there... surely I'm not alone in hating these things?