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From Scott Burnside at ESPN,
One of the basic principles of the North American court system is that an open court is a just court. A closed court, by extension, is a court in which the seeds of doubt about whether justice is served are always present. It is why many of the NHL’s [disciplinary] decisions are regularly (and quietly) questioned by team officials and ridiculed by the media.
Why not make the process like a regular court?
Surely there is room in the NHL’s process for a stronger voice from the victim of these acts? And most important, why not establish a process by which the media can cover these events as they would any court proceeding. Whether it’s in person or via conference call or another manner, the give and take between the accused, the victim and the league should be open and accessible to ensure that justice is done.
From Mark Spector at the National Post,
Dumb like a fox, McGeough is deep into overtime now, with only about a month left in an 20-year National Hockey League career. The result, one might say, is like a flying tub of popcorn aimed at him from the stands: He left it all on the ice.
“He’s kind of a like the villain in All Star Wrestling. The kind of guy the fans love to hate,” said Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish, who was once fined $10,000 for describing McGeough’s work as “spastic” and “retarded.”
McGeough, 50, burned an indelible image into the memories of hockey fans: For much of his career he was the helmetless, portly zebra coming out from behind the net, waving his arms in a frantic negation of a goal. One foot is on the ice, the other - for some unknown reason - raised in the air in front of him.
From Michael Farber at SI,
You can always talk about the officiating or never talk about the officiating. [Generally,] On the Fly prefers to do the latter. But with the bleating amped up this season, at least to our ears, maybe it is time for the NHL to reconsider how it forms its officiating duos.
If consistency is as much of a problem as players contend, the solution should be obvious: next season, with the influx of new referees having adjusted to the league three full years after the lockout, director of officiating Stephen Walkom should form pairs, based on style and personality, and keep them together for the duration of the schedule.
more… including additional thoughts on the Ovech-kam as well
from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,
The day after the Buffalo Sabres got away with a goal despite having too many men on the ice, there was a cry for more video replay in the league.
But there are only certain goals that are reviewable, and a goal scored on a missed call by the referees on an offsides, or too many men on the ice, isn’t one of them. Well, it should be.
How do you argue against that? More delays in the game? Fan distraction? Sorry, but if an illegitimate goal is scored then it should not count, and if the officials fail to see it but the bench coach does, it should be reviewed in Toronto, just as kicked-in goals or goals scored on high sticks are.
more NHL topics…
from Scott Morrison at Sun Media,
You could make video review apply to offside goals, pucks hitting the netting, goals scored with too many men on the ice—the list is endless. But at what point do we take the human element out of the game and turn everything over to the video police for further review? Hopefully never.
Never mind the time involved reviewing every goal for every potential flaw or mistake on the ice, think of the impact on the game. There are enough stoppages and interruptions to the flow of the game. Do we need more?
In the end, the game itself is played by players who make mistakes.
read on and more NHL topics…
from the Ottawa Sun,
(Ron) Wilson disagrees with Senators coach and GM Bryan Murray that the game is played differently in the West and the officials allow more to go. “I would wonder how (referee) Wes McCauley could call a game different with a Western Conference team than if he was refereeing games in the East?” asked Wilson. “Those guys are distributed evenly throughout the league, so how can you have a guy saying, ‘Oh, I’m in the Western time zone, so I call games differently.’...
read on and some Brian Campbell talk too…
While the league can’t be happy with its officials blowing calls, the opinion is mixed to whether the replay rules should be expanded.
“If you wanted a perfect game where everything was perfect - the officiating, offence, defence, goaltending, we’d roll back the tape on every play like we do on every game and we wouldn’t have any goals at all,” Walkom told TSN.
And in a quick poll conducted by TSN with 10 NHL general managers asking if video replay should be considered, all of them gave a flat-out no.
more on some recent games with missed calls…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, “It’s tougher (hockey in the West) and they know that out here and the teams play accordingly,” said (Bryan) Murray. “They seem to, and I may be wrong on this, be able to hold up a little more on the forecheck that we can in the East. I guess they tolerate a little more.”
more from Murray and some Sens talk too…
via Sports Network,
The Sharks took a 3-1 lead on an odd goal. Craig Rivet blasted a shot from the high slot that hit a stick in front, went over the net and appeared to hit the mesh on top of the boards, which would have whistled the play dead. The puck went to the low right side where Setoguchi knocked it in with 10:43 to play. Since a goal can’t be reviewed for a dead puck, the score was allowed to stand.
Wings lose the game 3-2. I was at the game and saw the play. When the puck hit the netting behind the goal, I basically relaxed, expecting a whistle and a face-off. Tthe next thing you know, the puck is in the net and the Sharks are celebrating a goal.
On-ice officials missed it, plain and simple, nothing you can do but move on to the next game…
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from the Staten Island Advance,
Too often, injuries to referees and linesmen aren’t even reported. A player limps off the ice and it is deemed significant. Yet when an official is hurt, cheers are heard from the crowd and it might get a line in a story.
NHL officials are, in fact, pretty tough. And there are several of them who do their jobs better than most players perform their own. Kerry Fraser, Don Koharski and Bill McCreary are three who come to mind.
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