Goal-scoring is slipping once again in the NHL, and yet Tim Murray thinks that’s not as big a concern as some might suggest.
“Just to the press. To me, it’s not,” the Buffalo Sabres’ general manager said, before turning the question back on the reporter who asked it. “I don’t think it’s GM-driven, so I guess I should ask you that question rather than you ask me. Why is it media-driven?”
Perhaps the ever-blunt and always quotable Murray has a point.
Then again, so do the numbers, which show the downward trend in goal-scoring hasn’t abated since the NHL instituted rules to eliminate obstruction following the 2004-05 lockout.
Entering games Tuesday, teams had combined to score an average of 5.26 goals per game, according to STATS. That’s the lowest total through essentially the same span of games in 11 years. And it’s nearly an entire goal below the 6.23-goals-per-game pace established through the first 359 games of the 2005-06 season.
Questions are once again being raised as to whether the league should tinker with its rules, the size of its nets and goalie equipment — or all of the above.
“I certainly am not…