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Quinton Byfield And Linesman Ryan Gibbons Injured Last Night

via ESPN News Services,

Quinton Byfield, the second overall pick in the 2020 NHL draft, suffered a lower body injury during the third period of the Los Angeles Kings' 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes in a preseason game Tuesday night.

The 19-year-old center hit the corner boards awkwardly during a collision with Arizona right wing Christian Fischer. Byfield was unable to put any weight on his left leg and was helped off the ice.

Coach Todd McLellan said after the game that Byfield will be further evaluated Wednesday.

"It was a clean hit. It was unfortunate," McLellan said of the play. "He went into the boards. One skate went one way and one the other. It's in a corner. If it is in a straightaway, he would have got away with rolling off but there was nowhere to go. Not a dirty hit."

Linesman Ryan Gibbons also was injured at Tuesday night's game. Gibbons collided with Arizona center Liam O'Brien following the national anthem, and the start of the game was delayed as Gibbons was taken off the ice on a stretcher. His condition was not immediately known.

Below, watch the incident with the linesman, replay starts at the :58 second mark and the Byfield injury is below too.

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Let’s Go To The Review

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Evening Line- Tim Peel

“So I hear my phone vibrating on the corner and I go pick it up and it’s my boss, Steven… the first thing I thought was ‘did we miss a goal?’ And he said ‘we’ve got a big problem’ and he tells me. I didn’t even remember it until I watched it. I turned to the (other refs) in the dressing room and I went ‘I may get fired tonight.”

And later, Peel had to confront the Predators franchise about what had happened.

“[Predators GM] Mr. [David} Poile had already left the building, so (I was on phone) with him and I explained to him that was not my intent. My intent was not to get Nashville. I said to him ‘I made a terrible mistake, my words came out wrong’,” Peel told Poile. “And John Hynes, who is a tremendous human being and a coach, he came out and he goes ‘Timmy I know you didn’t mean that,’ and I go ‘John I didn’t… you know I was always fair and tried to make it a fair and safe environment for hte players, and a fair game for the players’ and I go ‘I’m so sorry’ and I could tell he felt bad because he could see how upset I was and how terrible I felt.”

-Tim Peel, former NHL ref.  Zach Laing of Daly Faceoff has more.

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Enforcing The Cross-Check

from Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

So, look what’s happening this fall. A crackdown on cross-checking, or a new effort by the league to allow the officials to enforce the rule book. The idea is that players with two hands on their stick can “push or guide” an opponent, but not use “excessive force.” What constitutes excessive force will, of course, probably have a great deal to do with the score of a game, how much time is left and how many penalties have been called.

In other words, don’t hold your breath for this to last past Christmas.

But it does underline the actual problem here. NHL referees are not incompetent, but they are constantly hamstrung by a head office that won’t do what is necessary to free up the most skilled players in the game and is terrified of critics who complain the game isn’t physical enough any more.

If the cross-checking problem is solved effectively, it will be good for the game. Even though, according to Bettman, there was never a problem in the first place.


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Video- The Standard For Cross-Checking

via NHL.com,

NHL Hockey Operations explains the revised standard of enforcement for Rule 59 Cross-checking.



from Scouting the Refs,

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Your New On-Ice Officials

from Scouting The Refs,

The 2021-22 offseason has been a busy one for the NHL Officiating office.  A number of retirements over the past few seasons – along with no new hires for 2020-21 – have left quite a few striped jerseys to fill for the National Hockey League. The NHL’s latest moves have done just that.

Three referees have been promoted from AHL/NHL officials to full-time in the NHL: Furman South, Corey Syvret, and Michael Markovic.   Their part-time positions, working games at the AHL and NHL levels, have been filled by the hires of Jordan Samuels-Thomas, Justin Kea, Cody Beach, and Carter Sandlak.

On the bluelines, all five AHL/NHL linesmen from 2020-21 have been promoted to full-time: Kyle Flemington, Julien Fournier, Jesse Marquis, Tyson Baker, and Travis Toomey.   They’re joined by two new hires making the jump right to the NHL: Jonathan Deschamps and Ben O’Quinn.


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Morning Line- Gene Collier

The list of wrong or non-calls this postseason runs longer than most attention spans, but its impact might begin to metastasize for two reasons that really unnerve the league’s pilots. One is that the league seems enthusiastic about negating the talents of its truly gifted players in the postseason. The Hockey News reported that, after the four-game Edmonton-Winnipeg series, Rachel Doerrie, a former NHL consultant completing a master’s in data and analytics, isolated no fewer than 37 violations against Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, the league’s most ascendant star. None of them were called. McDavid did not draw a penalty in this postseason or last. With that degree of enforcement just as the league is starting a new seven-year deal with ESPN, the boardrooms of the NHL have to know their untapped hockey markets will only descend further into the well-established confusion that keeps the league standing in its own way.

Why are penalties in the second period not penalties late in the third? Why are penalties in the regular season not penalties in the postseason? These are ageless, interminably confusing hockey questions among people who are either casual fans or are non-fans, a.k.a the future of the league. Well, let me speak directly to those people: YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO UNDERSTAND THIS!

-Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette where you can read more on this topic.

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Ref’s Make Mistakes Too

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

It’s advisable to steer clear of the yearly playoff officiating discourse whenever possible. The calls typically even out. The NHL’s officiating this postseason has been so inconsistent, so haphazard, that it is an unavoidable topic.

In this third round alone, we had a goal scored with seven Lightning skaters on the ice. We had Islander Scott Mayfield’s pair of cross-checks on Steven Stamkos, which sent him face-first into the dasher, and Nikita Kucherov, which knocked the leading playoff scorer out for Game 6. In Game 3 of the Montreal-Vegas series, referee Chris Lee missed a high stick that left Corey Perry bloody. He was standing a few feet away as Brayden McNabb punched Nick Suzuki in the face.

You may be thinking of several more incidents left unmentioned. Maybe something from the Bruins’ playoff run?

Rage against the referees has been a part of hockey since the puck was a chunk of wood and the sticks were fashioned from saplings. There used to be a few cameras in the building, and now there’s a few hundred, and we can clearly see what the officials a few feet away miss, as the players skate by in a blur. Maybe we should accept that they’re going to miss some bad ones.

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“Wake Up”

from TSN,

The quality of officiating in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs has drawn plenty of criticism on various platforms from fans, the media, and now player agents.

Jeff Jackson, who represents Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid and whose Wasserman Hockey group represents Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews and others, amplified an argument made by TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button on Wednesday night about the work done by officials, specifically referee Chris Lee who spotted – and did not call – a cross-checking infraction by Islanders defenceman Scott Mayfield on Tampa Bay winger Nikita Kucherov.

"Craig hits the nail on the head here," Jackson tweeted on Thursday morning. "You can't sing & whistle at the same time. NHL has a problem & they pretend it doesn't exist. How many games is Chris Lee going to ref where he pretends to not see a blatant penalty? Why is he still doing games? Another star out!! Wake up!"


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Afternoon Line- Mark Spector

Folks, we have lost the plot on National Hockey League refereeing.

When the best referees in the league perform like they have this spring, there is a problem.

When Connor McDavid can play eight playoff games over two seasons, yet not draw a single penalty — despite ranking sixth in the regular season over that span in penalties drawn — there is a problem.

When only three of the Top 25 salaried players in the league are still playing in the semifinals — and two of those are goalies — we have a problem.

We asked players on Monday what they thought about the standard, and always, they didn’t want to say much. Some fear reprisal by the officials, some just don’t like the look of focusing on things that are out of their control.

-Mark Spector of Sportsnet where you can read more on the officiating in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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