Edit: Moved from the "warning track" thread.
Teams with faster, higher skilled players. Not teams with slower, bulky guys who rely on more of a "clutch-and-grab" defensive game.
Datsyuk = skill player
Chara = clutch and grab
And I don't have a thing against big guys dishing out big HITS, or using their size to their advantage, but in the playoffs, the "big guys" AND the little guys all get away with a lot more clutching and grabbing. The skill players get less time and space… because the rules are enforced differently, not because suddenly teams are trying to play differently.
If you disagree, cool. We'll talk about it over a beer and you are probably likely to convince me otherwise. My viewership is admittedly limited to watching mostly one team and their opponents, but fortunately, that's been a lot of hockey games in the regular and post-seasons the past few years. :D
And it's not "clutch and grab" but it is different than how it would be called in the regular season: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1pLedkcNyQ . Pierre calling it "old school" doesn't change the fact that it was illegal. Twice. :)
As for the warning track, are we talking NHL or amateur ice hockey? It would be a good thing in amateur hockey, both for players and officials. In the NHL it is totally unnecessary. The players at the NHL level have an unreal sense of positional awareness, and do not need a "warning track". In a majority of hits along the boards, players will use the boards to their advantage, to absorb the force of a hit. In the NHL, predatory open ice hits where the head is the principle point of contact are the most dangerous.
Thanks. I thought you might say that.
I agree that it could be useful in lower ranks, but once players are in college or even the elite junior leagues (or whatever the OHL is and better), then scrap it. Players can see the kickboards and stuff, too, if they're totally lost after getting spun around or something.