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A Look At Some Of The NHL Rule Changes Approved On Thursday

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

So one of the changes announced on Thursday was just that: from now on, referees will be “required to perform an on-ice video review for all major (non-fighting) and match penalties. The official can downgrade his call to a minor, of video evidence shows the referee that he perhaps overreacted to the call.

That seems fair, doesn’t it? And it does not require a challenge from one of the coaches, something Bettman would rather cull from the game.

Challenges, as we have learned, become an act of desperation late in a one-goal game. Coaches have nothing to lose, and the game is slowed down because of it.

On Thursday the GMs eliminated the number of challenges a coach can make, but they will now come with escalating consequences if the challenge is unsuccessful. The first unsuccessful challenge of any type results in a minor penalty against the challenging team (no more losing their timeout). Each successive unsuccessful challenge will result in a double-minor.

As such, the GMs made the goalie interference challenge just like offside. Where it used to be that a failed goaltender interference call cost a team their timeout, now it will mean a two-minute minor that is assessed immediately after the goal in question.


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Your NHL Rule Changes For Next Season

VANCOUVER (June 20, 2019) — The National Hockey League announced today a series of rule changes for the 2019-20 season which will include the use of expanded video review and enhanced player safety initiatives, as well as promoting even more offense and flow in the game. 

The rule changes were unanimously approved by the League’s Board of Governors, NHL General Managers and the Competition Committee over the past week. NHL Hockey Operations will work on the precise Rule Book language over the coming weeks.  Following is an overview of the changes:

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Gary Bettman On Rule Changes And Video Review

Gary Bettmn talking with the media on rule changes and video review.

I am sure  press release will come out, but until it does...  Also checkout Friedman's recent timeline for more.


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Jeremy Jacobs Met With The Media Today

from Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald,

The quality of the officiating in the NHL playoffs is a subject matter with staying power in the offseason.

“I think we’re professional sports and I think we suffer with what all professional sports are trying to get done,” Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, who serves on the NHL Board of Governors, said Tuesday at a Garden press conference.

“We are trying to be perfect without interfering with the game. We try and make all the correct judgments and it’s clear we are not there yet. That’s pretty vague but I’m going to stay that way.”

The Bruins were the victims of several dubious calls over the course of four series against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes and St. Louis Blues.

Jacobs addressed the delicate balance of maintaining the integrity of play on the ice without saturating the game with endless video reviews that take away from fan enjoyment.

“I think we will see some real changes and I’m hopeful that we can do it better in a very quick way,” said Jeremy Jacobs. “It is important that this game not be interrupted but at what cost.”


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The Playoff Officiating Is A Mess

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There is no excuse for the NHL’s dereliction of duty in overseeing and supervising the playoffs. The parade of scandalous errors made by on-ice officials has tainted the tournament. And the absence of accountability emanating from both Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, USA, and Bay Street in Raptorsville, Canada, has been unconscionable.

After a season in which skill was celebrated across the continent and the speed of the game dazzled, the NHL has intentionally turned the playoffs into something else entirely.

Make no mistake, the Blues and Bruins have earned their way to the Final — even if St. Louis advanced thanks to an overtime goal in Game 3 against San Jose that everyone in the world knew was illegal the moment the puck crossed the goal line (everyone in the world, that is, except for the only four people on the planet whose opinion counted). And no, Tampa Bay, proven mentally weak, did not lose because of officiating.

But this is crazy. I don’t care what anyone in authority says. The officials are routinely refusing to enforce any type of standard.


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Officiating Is A Problem

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

It is the National Hockey League’s nightmare scenario.

In the Stanley Cup Final, the high time of this multibillion-dollar sport, ardent supporters and casual hockey fans aren’t raving about the feats of Brad Marchand and Ryan O’Reilly, of Zdeno Chara and Alex Pietrangelo, of Tuukka Rask and Jordan Binnington.

They’re rehashing the failures of the men in stripes.

Those unfamiliar with the sport are asking about Kelly Sutherland, the latest referee to fall flat on the biggest stage. The NHL’s officiating crisis, renewed Thursday night at TD Garden, has created a critical point.

Sutherland, considered one of the league’s best referees, did not see — or see fit to call — a penalty when St. Louis Blues forward Tyler Bozak upended Bruins forward Noel Acciari with a leg sweep in the third period of Game 5. Acciari, who fell backward and hit his head on the ice, was taken out of the play and the game. With Acciari on his knees after the hit, the Blues scored what would be the winning goal — hockey’s ultimate insult to injury. The Blues can clinch the Stanley Cup in Game 6 on Sunday night in St. Louis.


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Morning Line- Torey Krug

"As athletes, we make mistakes, officials make mistakes too."

"My only suggestion would be to be able to review anything that immediately affects a scoring play. o if, for example, a hand pass was part of the scoring play, as a secondary assist or a primary assist, that should be reviewable. If it's outside the primary scoring event, then I don't think that should be reviewed."

-Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins on video review.  Emily Kaplan of ESPN has more including suggestions from other players.

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Did The Refs Bury Their Whistles In Game 1 Of The Stanley Cup Final?

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

“To be clear,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final, “we have the best officials in the world.” Hours later, those same officials, who are supposedly the best in the world, put on a display of managing a hockey game that should leave everyone in the league embarrassed. Again.

The men who wear the striped shirts have been a major focal point of this post-season. And as Game 1 of the final devolved into an amateur rodeo, it was more of the same in the first game of the league’s biggest showcase. It was disgraceful. And while Bettman and the league talk about improving video replay, not once did he mention that perhaps there needs to be something done about the way the games are refereed. The more you watch this game, the more it becomes apparent that the league actually loves the chaos, the mayhem and the always coveted “bad blood” that this league thinks it needs to sell its product.

I actually don’t question Bettman when he says NHL officials are the best in the world. They are. They’re highly trained. They’re in great shape. They have a difficult job where they have to make crucial decisions in real time. The kind of garbage we witnessed in Game 1 is not because the referees are bad, but because they are directed by the league to officiate the games this way. And the bigger the game, the more deeply the whistle gets nestled into the pocket.


Below, watch an example of what Campbell is writing about.

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When It Comes To Video Review, NBA Or NHL?

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Funny thing happened the other night when a bunch of Toronto-based hockey media watched the Toronto Raptors earn a berth in the NBA Finals.

We noticed how that league does things. And imagine our surprise when the NBA refs reviewed calls on a TV monitor – you know, just to make sure they got it right – and then – and this is the kicker – they went to the TNT broadcasters and explained what was happening.

So that, you know, the viewers could be informed too.

Wowza. It looked so simple, and organic.

At the Stanley Cup media day on Sunday, I asked a couple of American broadcasters (former players, too) what they thought.

“That would be unbelievable. That would be really great,” said Darren Pang. Pang does colour commentary between the boards for Fox Sports on Blues broadcasts and works part time for NBC. He said sometimes a linesman might hear his commentary and correct something.

“But a referee won’t come over,” said Pang.


Brian Lawton with a related question a few days ago...

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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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