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Kerry Fraser of TSN discussed the San Jose no-goal...
I concede the optics of this slow decision was bad but Referee Leggo ultimately made the correct determination that the puck was sufficiently frozen by Ryan Miller. It would have been unfair to allow Tommy Wingles to unearth a frozen puck and jam it into the net. The net result was the Ref's intent to blow the play dead prior to the puck entering the net. A quicker whistle (or intent to blow the whistle) by the Referee would have eliminated any controversy on this play. Any discussion with the Situation Room would have only added to the confusion since the play could not be reviewed.
Right call made - poor execution!
If you wish to review the call again, go here...
Elliotte Friedman of CBC spoke with Senior Vice-President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy today regarding the missed goal in San Jose last night.
The league views this under the prism of Rule 78.5 -- the world-famous "Intent to Blow." If the referee intends to blow his whistle to stop the play, that supersedes everything.
Here is what Murphy said:
"We have in a week two, three or four plays when the puck goes in the net as the whistle goes. What we look for is how strong a referee's signal is, how committed he is to his call.
"We don't want to undermine the referee... have people watching saying, 'See, see, see, they don't agree,' so before we put him on the headset we're looking to see how strong he is on his call."
The one thing that drives the NHL crazy about these things is people judging it in slow motion. You'd be better off sword-fighting a swarm of gnats, because technology makes that too simple, but Murphy and his co-workers do try to work through this stuff at real speed.
Watch it here if you missed it...
Once Emery quickly got the upper hand in this fight and Holtby was incapacitated I would have grabbed/tied up Emery's punching arm and slipped my chest and body in front of the Flyer fighter and skated him backward with my legs driving quickly and forcefully. I would immediately talk with the player to get his mind distracted and his adrenaline under control.
At no time when a player was taking a severe beating would I stand on the sidelines and allow it to happen without intervening, nor would I waive players away from coming to the aid of their teammate that was placed in a position of peril. I would assess the appropriate penalties that resulted from a third-man-in.
-Kerry Fraser of TSN where you can read much more on this topic.
Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom joined NHL Live today to discuss a few topics in this almost eight minute video.
Topics include what he does in his position, an update on hybrid-icing, goalie interference, slashing and the consistency of the on-ice officials.
Today Scotty Bowman appeared on Sportsnet's Hockey Central at Noon (click the link, then click on Bowman's picture, the audio will start playing)....
Some of the topics Bowman discussed were the improved Lightning, then he started talking rules of the game with some excellent points including quoting Bobby Orr who said the "barriers" have been removed, making the game that much quicker. Also discussed the extra room behind the net and interference penalties. He also talked hybrid icing and a few more topics.
Probably the best hockey conversation I have heard this year. Find 11 minutes of free time and listen.
added 2:40pm, You can now listen/watch the Bowman discussion below...
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
On how he expects hybrid icing to change the game:
Obviously we’ve played it for seven games. Is it going to change the game at all? No. It’s still a race, and there’s still offensive plays that the linesmen have to make the right call on, because the dot is the line now – the faceoff dot – but the top of the circle of the dot, where there’s a big change in who’s got gold, silver, right? There’s a big change in there.
Silver can be gold, as long as the linesmen make the call. It’s not a problem, but they’re going to have to blow the whistle sooner. They can’t make the call at the dot and then blow the whistle at the goal line. They’re going to have to make the call at the dot, and that’s the big difference in the game.
We’re doing it now, but it’s so much faster than any other league. They did it in Europe, well it’s basically that no one’s forechecking anyways. Defensemen didn’t come back. As soon as it’s shot down, they just go back. They don’t even come to the blue line in Europe. In the American League, it’s obviously a slower league when they tried it last year, and as soon as the lockout started, it was no more. And in junior hockey and any place where they do it, well, it’s a totally different skill set. It’s like a horse that’s two furlongs ahead, well, you could call that from the booth.
added 5:53pm, Bill Daly makes the announcement on NHL Live...
added 6:53pm, Official NHL/NHLPA release is below...
Murphy joined NHL Live yesterday...
from the CP at TSN,
The NHL has reversed course and will not review high-sticking penalties this season, league executive vice-president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell said Saturday.
The competition committee had agreed to review all high-sticking calls for validity, but Campbell said concerns about goals scored on delayed penalties led the NHL to cancel that plan for now.
"We're punting right now," Campbell said in an interview with The Canadian Press. "We're going to watch it, we're going to talk about it and see how many times it happens. We just don't want to do something that we weren't totally comfortable with on video review. We want everything to be clear and precise and we didn't think that was."
from Mike Walker of CTV,
It takes years of training and a lot of skill to make it to the NHL, and it takes the same to make it as an NHL referee.
This week, a lot of those refs are in Collingwood at a unique training camp. They are among the best in the game and just like the players, these NHL referees go through an intense training camp before the puck drops on another season.
“We're the 31st team,” says ref Wes McCauley. “It gets our mind back in the frame thinking about the game.”
Director of Officials Stephen Walkom says they’re in for a tough schedule.
“They have to clear medicals first, then some time in the classroom and power skating on the ice,” he says.
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