A new less depressing and negative version of TSN's the Reporters recently talked about the possibility of entirely changing the game to 4 on 4 play.
I think most people on this board would agree the game is turning back into pre-lockout, defence first trap hockey. Other than the free for all that was the philly pitts series, every other series has had incredibly low scoring. Unskilled teams are now at the top of the standings, teams like the blues, the rangers, the preds, even LA (which was something like 29th in scoring is probably going to win the cup), teams that are really good at clogging up everything. Very boring to watch.
It shouldn't be that the most skilled players get flak for being "defensive liabilities" and players that contribute nothing offensively get praise for standing in front of the net. Skilled players making skilled plays is what hockey should be about, and it seems as though once again its getting further and further away from that.
Coaches have adjusted to post lockout rules and the game is back to what it was before. To adjust to the increase in size of players the logical thing to do would be to either increase the size of the rink, or remove a player (which has been done before).
Personally i think 4 on 4 is the best option. The game would be faster end to end, there would be less dilution in the talent pool of the league, and best of all the SENS would dominate with exciting play.