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from Dave McCarthy of TSN 1050,
"The big take away from this meeting is the managers are really happy with where the game is right now,"said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.
Throughout the week, GMs have expressed an interest to lessen the number of games decided in a shootout. To that end, a recommendation is expected to be put forth to have teams switch sides to begin overtime (the same as in the second period), hoping that a team's bench being further from their defensive zone will lead to more goals.
"I would say that's going to be recommended for sure," St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong confirmed.
So far, 18 of 30 teams have scored their largest number of goals under these conditions in the second period.
Also given consideration was doing the dry scrape of the ice prior to the overtime period to provide for better ice conditions instead of waiting until before the shootout; however, due to the potential of lengthening games, that item will continue to be discussed.
from James Armstrong of Global News,
Michigan police have reportedly found a truck matching that of missing OHL player Terry Trafford behind a Walmart in Michigan.
The missing player’s father, Roy Trafford, told Global News Tuesday that his son’s body was found as well.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Jiri Fischer was at home in suburban Detroit with his 7-year-old son Monday night, catching up on all the NHL action and scores.
"Then the big news hit. I watched the video right away," Fischer told ESPN.com on Tuesday in the aftermath of Rich Peverley's scary collapse and cardiac resuscitation.
Impossible to ignore were the flashbacks to his own near-tragic cardiac episode in 2005 while playing for the Detroit Red Wings.
"The two videos are similar, except I'm getting chest compressions while being unconscious on the bench and they carried Rich into the locker room," said Fischer, before adding about watching Monday's video: "Scary, goose bumps ..."
via Elliotte Friedman tweets,
Recommendations coming to competition committee and BoG include: moving hash marks back on faceoff circle, switching ends before OT...
There was also discussion on allowing more "kicked-in" or "directed-in" goals, but more work must still be done on that to clarify.
added 4:28pm, from the CP at CBC,
NHL general managers have agreed to make only a few rule-change recommendations to the competition committee after reaching a consensus to alter overtime and faceoffs.
Pending approval from that committee and the board of governors, teams will switch ends at the start of overtime to make for longer line changes.
As expected, there was not enough support to add any three-on-three or extra time to overtime.
Faceoffs could look much different, with GMs agreeing to try making centres who violate rules move 12-to-18 inches back instead of being kicked out of the circle.
A second violation would remain a two-minute minor penalty.
“I saw him this morning, and I can’t say that I have a plan right now. The first step was just to see him at the rink and I know he was here last game and I had heard how much better he was doing. And when I got a chance to talk to him this morning, you could see it. You could see it in his face, you could see the relief. You could just see he’s in a much better place right now. I think it’s great. It’s great to have him around. The next step is getting him on the ice and talk more about what the plan is. We haven’t discussed that.”
-Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo on Josh Hardking. Harding has been out since the beginning of 2014. More on Harding and the Wild from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants.
via Darren Dreger tweets,
Mathieu Schneider says players aren't interested in making games longer. Says players would prefer games not ending in shootout...so...
...PA would like to see more testing on long change in 4 on 4, or ways of encouraging games ending in regulation.
Schneider says players would like to see more interference allowed to slow game down. Removal of trapezoid to relieve pressure on D-men...
via the Dallas Stars,
Rich Peverley is resting comfortably and being monitored at UT Southwestern St. Paul. He is currently undergoing testing to discover what triggered the cardiac event last night.
The focus of all the testing and monitoring is being dedicated to finding the cause of the event and a long-term solution to rectify the problem.
We do not have any more specifics at the moment.
Rich has been communicating with his teammates and friends. He is extremely grateful for all of the prayers and support that he’s received from fans and friends alike.
ISLES ERUPT FOR SEVEN IN THIRD
The Islanders set a franchise record for goals in the third period, scoring seven times on 15 shots in the final frame to overcome a 3-0 deficit en route to a 7-4 win in Vancouver. New York had tallied seven goals in a period only once before, in the second period of a 9-4 win against the Rangers on Dec. 23, 1978.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, seven goals matched the most surrendered in one period by the Canucks, most recently on Nov. 27, 1998 versus Detroit.
* Seven different scorers tallied for the Islanders.
* Kyle Okposo paced the team with three points (0-3--3).
* The Islanders improved to 12-4-1 in their past 17 road games.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Here’s one we didn’t see coming: St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong was touting moving the hashmarks further apart — from three feet in the NHL to the Olympic-sized five feet — to minimize obstruction off a faceoff.
“Lots of support for that in our (break out) group,” Detroit GM Ken Holland said. “Less obstruction, less interference off the draws. Probably would lead to less centre icemen getting kicked out … because of the jostling around.”
Who knew that was a problem?
more on Day 1 of the GM meetings...
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