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Let The Refs Control The Game

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

When in doubt, blame the ref.

It’s a system as old as the games we watch. Players, coaches, fans, media critics and even league officials get into the act and the only rule is that the referee is always wrong in the eyes of someone, somewhere.

And the number of eyes on the ref has multiplied exponentially in the age of replay review — reviews that are, in my humble opinion, wrecking the entire experience.

Even with the mind-numbing review delays, the NHL is enduring a post-season nightmare, a litany of gaffes. When league execs are taking pot-shots at their own referees, you have the very definition of a mess.

Key goals that should count are disallowed. Goals that should be waved off are allowed. Phantom penalties are called, real penalties are missed. Games are decided not by the players on the ice but by referees and anonymous war-room geeks.

What to do, what to do?

The solution may seem counter-intuitive but it’s there: Give the referees the power they once had to officiate the game. There was a time, before the two-referee system and that utterly inept war room in Toronto, when a single referee ran the game he officiated.

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Afternoon Line- Larry Brooks

The answer to this officiating mess that has been a long time coming is not to dramatically expand video review, but to dramatically improve the performance of the referees and linesmen working the games. It is to provide them with better direction, perhaps a new protocol. It is to revamp the officiating department, and that means starting at the top.

-Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more on this topic, plus a few additional notes.

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Video- Brian Burke On The Hand Pass

Good ideas and information from Brian Burke, including a rarely used rule plus other topics.

via Sportsnet,

Brian Burke talks about controversial goal calls, John Davidson becoming President of the Rangers, and shares a Brett Hull story.

 

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Video- A Look At NHL Referee Wes McCauley

Great feature!

via Sportsnet,

Watch as Sportsnet’s Chris Simpson talks with Wes McCauley, known for his dramatic calls and great relationship with players, inspired to have a career in officiating thanks to his father.

 

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Videos- Get The Call Right

via Sportsnet,

The Hockey Night panel takes a look at the missed call leading to the Sharks' overtime winner against the Blues, and how these mishaps and be avoided.

 

 

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

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Morning Line- Kevin Allen

It’s no longer a question of whether the NHL should look at how the game is officiated. The question is: How could they not?

This year’s Stanley Cup playoffs has provided overwhelming evidence that significant changes are required.

What happened Wednesday, when the San Jose Sharks scored an overtime goal on a play that should’ve been blown dead on a hand pass, shows this is a five-alarm problem. That play (a hand pass) leading up to the goal is not on the list of reasons why a goal can be reviewed.

There have been far too many officiating misses or incorrect calls, too many teams suffering, too much NHL embarrassment.

-Kevin Allen of USA TODAY where you can read more on this topic.

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Afternoon Line- Michael Traikos

There’s no consistency to the calls. At times, it seems as though there’s no logic.

What looks like a penalty one night is not called the next. No one knows what goalie interference is, what an offside is, what a hit to the head is. Some nights, the whistles are put away. On other nights, it seems as though the referees are inventing new ways in which to send players to the penalty box.

And it’s affecting not only the outcome of the games — but of the entire playoffs.

-Michael Traikos of the National Post where you can read more on officiating in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Morning Line- Frank Seravalli

It’s difficult to remember a Stanley Cup playoffs that has been clouded more by polarizing calls from officials than this one. With the speed of today’s NHL, there is no question hockey is the most difficult of the four major professional sports to call. There are always going to be mistakes, even for the best officials in the world.

-Frank Seravalli of TSN where you can read more on this topic.

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Thumbs Down To Expanding Video Review

from Larry Brooks of th New York Post,

...Unlike tennis’ pristine system, NHL video review simply adds another layer of subjectivity to the process. Everyone involved in these games wants to get it right, but introducing additional eyes to the decision-making mix does not guarantee perfection or anything close to it. And an original bad call reinforced by a hazy review decision undermines the integrity of the process more than just a botched decision on the ice.

Bill Foley, the owner of the Golden Knights, is fuming and is on record stating he will ask to expand video review at the next Board of Governors meeting. Perhaps the owner should be less miffed at the officiating crew and more upset by the response of his team that devolved into chaos in allowing four goals within 4:01 of San Jose’s major power play to blow a late 3-0 lead before briefly recovering in advance of their elimination overtime defeat.

But how would expanded video review work? Would coaches be allowed to challenge only when majors are called, or would coaches be allowed to challenge perceived major-worthy offenses that were originally called as minors or major-worthy calls were missed, entirely?

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Video- Discussing Video Reviews

Larry Brooks asked a question on this topic earlier today, how do you handle the calls that were missed, do those somehow get reviewed too?

via Sportsnet,

The Hockey Central panel discuss if video reviews could possibly be increased in the future after the results of Game 7 between the Golden Knights and Sharks.

 

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