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Video- Linesman Michel Cormier Takes A Hard Fall Along The Boards

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Morning Line- Mike Chambers

Both the Bruins’ and Avs’ goals were erased because of a coach’s challenge for offside. But why are we worrying about what happens an inch on both sides of the blue line when it has nothing to do with what happens 70-feet away at the net?

In a game that has never been so fast, linesmen should be forgiven for missing a close call and the game should go on. The coach’s challenge for offside is a waste of time because, again, it’s not a direct result of what ultimately happens. In basketball, sure, take away a 3-point shot if the shooter’s foot is on the line. And take away that touchdown if an NFL receiver doesn’t have both feet inbounds.

-Mike Chambers of the Denver Post where you can read more on this topic.

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Evening Line- Mike Sullivan

“The hardest one for me is goaltender interference, because there’s so much ambiguity,. What is actually goaltender interference? If something is close, it makes it real difficult for a coaching staff to challenge now. Because it’s one thing to lose a timeout. It’s another to get a two-minute penalty.”

-Mike Sullivan, head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Mke DeFabo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has more  on the coach's challenge.

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Video- Brian Burke on The Evander Kane Suspension

via Sportsnet,

Jeff Marek and Brian Burke discuss why San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane received a three game suspension for abuse of an official.


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Thoughts On Hockey

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- Some of the teams looking for defencemen are considering Stanley Cup champion Joel Edmundson from St. Louis. He will earn $3.1 million, and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. I think the Devils are trying to add a blueliner, but am not certain he’d be the one. I’m wondering if Winnipeg is there, too.

- Anaheim continues to look for a righty, after the aborted Justin Faulk trade.

- Nothing imminent as far as I can tell on Tyler Toffoli, but, he’s another potential UFA and teams know he’s an option to add.

- Labour peace between the league and the NHLPA helped reach a new CBA with the officials. The NHL’s confidence that a player strike/lockout will be avoided created a path to ease the officials’ greatest concern, compensation during any stoppage. Also: an additional referee and linesman will be named to the Stanley Cup Final, making five of each. One additional referee and linesman will be added when Seattle joins in 2021-22.


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Morning Line- Darrell Davis On The Coach’s Challenge

There are going to be so many stupid stoppages — just give the referees’ whistles to the coaches!

-Darrell Davis of 980 CJME (Regina) and you can read more too.

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Video- Take 5 1/2 Minutes To Review The Rule Changes For This Season

You'll impress your friends and family knowing all the rule changes.


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Women Officials Will Work The Prospect Tournaments

from NHL.com,

Four women officials will experience NHL action for the first time this weekend.

Referees Katie Guay and Kelly Cooke and linesmen Kirsten Welsh and Kendall Hanley, four of the 96 officials who participated in the 2019 NHL Exposure Combine, have been selected to officiate rookie tournaments in Irvine, California; Buffalo; Nashville and Traverse City, Michigan. A total of 30 officials from the combine were selected to work the rookie tournaments.

The Exposure Combine, held in Buffalo during the last weekend in August, can best be described as a scouting combine for prospective officials. It is also a crucial stepping stone in the journey for many officials landing a job in professional hockey whether it be at the American Hockey League or ECHL level or in North American junior hockey leagues.


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All Shandor Alphonso, NHL Linesman

from William Douglas of NHL.com,

Hockey players are pretty banged up by season's end. How banged up or worn out were you and other officials at the end of the season?

"Everyone's got their bumps and bruises they work through all season. At the end of the season you're a little bit banged up and definitely just tired from all the travel, from everything. I took a full week off where I didn't train, I didn't skate, I didn't do anything. Took a full week of just letting my body heal and relax, and after that I got back into the gym. It's not as intense as the players, because we're not constantly being body-checked and constantly going through the pace of practice. But we get beat up, and a lot of guys go through bumps and bruises just like the players."

How long were you off skates this summer?

"Not very long. I play in a men's hockey league. We started in early April. I maybe took a week off from the gym and I think I probably played that week I was supposed to be healing. I still enjoy playing and I miss it in the winter, so once the summer comes and my summer league starts up, I'm excited to get on the ice, play some hockey and yell at the refs just for fun."

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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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