Big Question: What rule would you change?

From ESPN - September 13, 2017

Big Question: What changes would you make to the game and why?

You listening, commissioner? As the 2017-18 season approaches, ESPN asked NHL stars to do a little role-playing: Pretend you are Gary Bettman. What is one rule change you would institute to improve the NHL? We purposely left the question vague to gather a plethora of responses. The players sound off:

The Olympics boycott is a drag

Jamie Benn, LW, Dallas Stars: Let players go to the Olympics.

Tyler Seguin, C, Dallas Stars: Let the boys go play in the Olympics.

Seth Jones, D, Columbus Blue Jackets: Go to the Olympics. That's the first thing that came to my mind.

Erik Karlsson, D, Ottawa Senators: I would have liked to have gone to the Olympics. I do not think that's a rule, but I think that's the one. Other than that, I think the game itself has the appropriate rules that it has always had.

Mark Scheifele, C, Winnipeg Jets: Go to the Olympics. I was definitely disappointed at that news last year. It's almost like the next best thing. Obviously, we all dream of winning a Stanley Cup, and then the next is literally right there: winning a gold medal for your country.

Kevin Shattenkirk, D, New York Rangers: Play in the Olympics. That's probably my No. 1. There are different ways to change the game and make it different or better, but the Olympics are the best way to grow the game and I think that's what we need most right now: to increase our footprint on the world.

Chris Tanev, D, Vancouver Canucks: Let players go to the Olympics. I would not be on the team, but I am sure a lot of guys would like to be there.

Blue lines, red lines, offsides

Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton Oilers: I feel like everyone says to put the red line back in. Just because teams are now -- they just trap. They just sit back. Put the red line back in and everyone has to come back and regroup and build speed and come through the neutral zone. That could either help it or completely hinder it because now you just ca not get to the neutral zone anymore. I do not really know what the answer is, but just find a way to make that neutral zone easier. Nowadays teams just throw up the 1-3-1 or the 4 and you just have to chip in every time and it gets kind of boring to watch.

Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, St. Louis Blues: Make icing the European way, so people do not need to chase the puck. It's just boring. As a player. I do not really know, can I beat a guy or not after a couple steps, you know? If I am far away behind him, and I still can beat him, I will try. But then if you do not try and I already know I will not get a puck. If you do not do this, people on the TV will think you are lazy. For no reason, you know.

Tuukka Rask, G, Boston Bruins: I would bring the two-line pass back. It would slow the game down a little bit. I like the old-school game. They looked so much more fun on TV.

Shayne Gostisbehere, D, Philadelphia Flyers: You know how you have the long change one time? I'd make it twice. Have a long change twice. Makes it harder, you get pinned in the zone longer. More scoring.

Charlie Coyle, C, Minnesota Wild: I would expand the ice. I'd make the ice a little bigger. The game is only getting faster and faster, so pretty soon they are going to need to open it up.

Jack Eichel, C, Buffalo Sabres: No offside. Just hang down at the other end and wait for the puck to come there.

Marc-Andre Fleury, G, Vegas Golden Knights: Less contact with the goalies. Guys get interfered [with] and pushed and hit on purpose, and guys pretend they do not do that on purpose, and the goals go in.

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