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Bad Coach’s Challenge? Get A Penalty

What I said a few weeks ago.

 

added 6:37am 6/23/17, via the CP at TSN,

The NHL is considering issuing a minor penalty for a failed coach's challenge for offside.

The penalty would be instead of losing a timeout for a failed challenge under the current rules. The league's general managers discussed the possible change at a meeting Thursday ahead of this weekend's NHL draft in Chicago.

Replay reviews for possible offside have attracted attention in the playoffs the past two years. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan got a Nashville goal wiped out in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in May. St. Louis star Vladimir Tarasenko had a playoff goal wiped out by a razor-thin offside ruling during a series against Chicago in 2016.

NHL executive Colin Campbell says the next stop for the possible rule change is the league's competition committee.

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United States Hockey Hall Of Fame Class Of 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Kevin Collins, Jack Parker, Ben Smith, Ron Wilson and Scott Young will be enshrined into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

“Each of the inductees has contributed in extraordinary fashion to the growth and development of hockey in our country,” said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey. “The members of the Class of 2017 have positively impacted the game, from the grassroots to the highest levels, through playing, coaching and officiating. We very much look forward to formally enshrining each of them into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame later this year.”

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Time To Clean Up The Game

from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The game needs to be cleaned up, and maybe it’s as simple as enforcing the rules as they’re written to stop the slashing, the running of goalies in their crease and infringing the circle on faceoffs.

There’s no question there has been more stick work as players struggle to keep the opposition closely guarded. The constant slashing was a problem all season. It’s actually pretty simple — use a two-hander on a player across his hands or break his stick in half with a slash and it’s off to the penalty box.

In some cases, it should be a double-minor, a major or even a match penalty and ejection for attempt to injure. Think Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau, who was slashed repeatedly by Minnesota and broke his finger in November, or Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby on Ottawa’s Marc Methot in March.

Same for running goalies. The rules state no contact with the goaltender when he’s in his crease. That’s why the crease exists. But how many times have we seen goalies knocked down, or, in the case of Carolina’s Eddie Lack, knocked out after a collision?

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says goaltender interference is a judgment call. NHL referees are supposed to be the best in the world. Why then can’t they exert proper judgment and determine an infraction was committed?

read on

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Afternoon Line- Doug MacLean

"It's the right call, I just hate it."

-Doug MacLean regarding the challenged offside call last night.

Watch the HockeyCentral panel discuss it.

 

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Afternoon Line- Jim Rutherford

“I hear year after year how the league and everyone loves how the Penguins play they play pure hockey and they skate.’ Well, now it’s going to have to change and I feel bad about it, but it’s the only way we can do it. We’re going to have to get one or two guys…and some of these games that should be just good hockey games will turn into a sh—show. We’ll go right back to where we were in the ’70s and it’s really a shame.”

-Jim Rutherford, GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Ken Campbell of The Hockey News has more....

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Video- On-Ice Chatter

On-ice officials and players interact in the Conference Finals.

 

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Kerry Fraser On The Officiating During The Playoffs

from CBS Pittsburgh,

“The Fan Morning Show” caught up with former NHL referee Kerry Fraser on Thursday to talk about some of these controversial plays. Kerry said that the officials acknowledge a difference between how they call things in the postseason as compared to the regular season, but that it can’t go too far.

“What concerns me, and I don’t blame the officials so much as the people that are responsible for coaching them, for holding them accountable,” said Fraser. “Going into the playoffs, they need to be told, ‘Listen guys, we’re not changing the rule books. We need you to call a standard.’ And they have to be held accountable throughout every game during the season, the players need to know what they can do and what they can’t do.”

“Consequently, there have been very loose standards and it’s called playoff hockey refereeing. It’s not acceptable.”

“There’s always a debate, what’s the difference between regular season and playoffs? Well, I think a rule is a rule and should be called from the start of the season to the very last game of the Stanley Cup Final. But that’s not the way it’s been. We’ve seen an awful lot of stuff that’s been let go.”

read on and you can listen to the interview too...

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Video- On-Ice Officials Mic’d Up For The Second Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

3 1/2 minutes to watch.

 

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Review The Review?

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Friday night’s goaltender interference review, deciding a pivotal playoff game, was the NHL’s train wreck waiting to happen. For the Oilers, it was the second controversial goal that went the other way in as many games in the second-round.

Could you imagine what the blowback would be if one of those calls were to decide the Stanley Cup?

No changes will come between now and the end of these playoffs, but video review looms among the biggest challenges facing the NHL heading into the offseason.

So, how can the NHL fix goaltender interference?

It can start by better defining goaltender interference. Chiarelli admitted Saturday that only a “general framework” exists.

“We have our own way of interpreting it, too,” Chiarelli said. “In our minds, we tweak it a little bit. If we look at last night, I see two points of interference. One was caused by our own player pushing their player in, the other was caused by their player in my mind. It was a difference in opinions.”

Chiarelli said the definition in itself is tough to establish.

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Video- Sights And Sounds From The First Round Of The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Take a listen to some raw sounds of hockey straight from the mouths of players, refs and coaches...

 

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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