For your information the nets are not getting bigger. But let my rant begin:
No center line (this is obviously just means the two line pass rule is out, there's still going to be a red line)- I don't really like this change, but whatever I guess we'll see how it works in the NHL as we've never seen it being played on an NHL ice surface with NHL calibre players.
Rink Dimensions- This is where you are a complete moron. The point of this was to increase the size of the offensive zone. There are now way more places to score from as the angles from the half-boards are now a lot bigger so you have a way better look at the net. This will help PPs a lot too as they will have a lot more room to work. And why do you need space behind the net? To cycle the puck? They changed this rule in like 93 to make more room for players behind the net cause they thought it would increase scoring but scoring has diminished drastically since then so I'm not quite sure on your point here? Great change and much needed.
Shootout- Completely retarted that they are trying to gain new fans by putting a shootout into the game. I'd much rather see my team tie than win or lose in a skills competition that takes away the team aspect of the game. Don't think it will last long personally.
No line changes on icing- Great new rule. Will make sure teams are changing quicker which will cause more odd man rushes and keep the players fresher meaning more flow to the game and scoring chances.
Schedule Changes- Also great because it will allow for more rivalry play and also a lot more inter-conference games which will be very crucial down the stretch in the playoff race.
Other changes you never mentioned:
Tag-Up offsides- About time they re-implemented this.
Minor Penalty for shooting the puck over the glass in your defensive zone- goes hand in hand with no line change on icing because if they couldn't change on icing they would have just firred the puck over the glass to get a line change.
No Tolerance for Obstruction- Will be great if they continue to call it all the way through games, the season and the playoffs. Should help take away the trap and force players to skate more.
Smaller Goalie Equipment- Great, but they're still too big but thats cause goalies cry of protection and it's true with the new sticks that shots are harder than ever and they do need protection.
Goalie Puck Playing Restrictions- Who cares about the lines, the point is that there are only a few good stickhandling goalies in the league and they should be able to play the puck wherever they want as it is a huge advantage to have a goalie like Turco.
Suspension for Instigating a fight in last 5 minutes- Will just lead to more cheapshots because guys like Avery will feel they can go out there and take cheapshots at superstars. For a league desperate for star players, putting them at risk like this is stupid.
Changes I'd still like to see:
Full penalty time served- They changed this a long time ago because the Montreal Dynasties would score numerous goals on the PP, but in a league desperate to find a way to increase scoring this would be a good way.
Get rid of instigator- Stupidest rule, let the players police themselves and less cheapshots will happen and black eyes to the sport will be reduced (see Bertuzzi)
Changes I don't want to see:
20 team playoffs- Completely stupid and an attempt to gain more revenue, makes the regular season more pointless and just wears down 8th seed players even more and they already have a tough enough time getting anywhere in the playoffs.
Bigger nets- Just a stupid topic, hockey goals should remain for always the same size.