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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
In hockey they have the Video Review Room in Toronto, and they are hesitant to include a referee and off-ice monitor into the process. In baseball, basketball and football, the referees (or umpires) leave the playing surface and make the call themselves with the help of video. Each of those leagues is, in turn, studying the value of setting up a control centre like the one the NHL uses.
Speaking with the GMs here in Florida, the concern is having so many reviews that games take too long to play. Speaking with Devorski, who has ref’ed more games than any active player has played, he’ll tell you that there are instances in a lightning fast game where referees are forced to make calls they aren’t entirely confident about.
“Goaltender interference,” he said. “Getting it wrong, then looking back and it’s not goaltender interference. That would be the primary one. Maybe you do it for major penalties. Did a guy go in headfirst? Did he jump into the boards? What you don’t want is to give out a major, have them score three goals, and find out later that it was probably just a minor penalty call.”
from Dave McCarthy of TSN,
NHL General Managers convened for the first of three days of meetings and picked up on a discussion that has been ongoing for the last few years and picked up traction the last time the group met back in Toronto in November: namely how to reduce the number of games that are decided in a shootout.
“The shootout, there's nothing wrong with it, I think it's an exciting part of the game but it's just one small aspect,” said Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman. “It's a skill exhibition. If you can get it back closer to regular hockey and have it decided that way; that would be my preference.”
“I don't think it's a knock on the shootout, I think more of the managers would like to see it end in overtime,” added Washington Capitals GM George McPhee. “Shootout's fun though, people like it, kids love it.”
Four NHL general managers discuss the OT period from the GM meetings in Florida.
added 3:27pm, from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Globe and Mail,
from the CP at TSN,
No different than many fans, GMs hate to see a game end on an incorrect call and generally don't like to see one end in a shootout. So it's only natural that altering or extending overtime and expanding video review will be hot topics on the agenda for meetings Monday through Wednesday in Boca Raton, Fla.
When it comes to overtime, the hope is to have fewer games even reach the shootout, which was instituted after the 2004-05 lockout as a way of eliminating ties. Since then, 13.3 per cent of all regular-season games have gone to one, and that's seen as too much.
"I would prefer for our game to be decided by playing hockey instead of the skill part of the game, which is the shootout," Jim Nill of the Dallas Stars said. "It's really tough. You can play a great game, play a great overtime and then you go to a shootout and just because you lose a shootout it feels like you've lost the game -- and you have, and it hurts because you played such a good game. I would rather lose a game by playing the game."
Through Saturday, 121 of 962 games this season have gone to a shootout (12.57 per cent). Each team has participated in at least four, while the Washington Capitals lead the league with 15 of them through 64 games.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- How do you become an NHL general manager? The best way is to play in the NHL. Almost half the league’s GMs played at the highest level. The second best way: Be related to a former GM: Six current general managers, Stan Bowman, Tim Murray, Ray Shero, David Poile, Chuck Fletcher, Dean Lombardi had family in front offices before they found their way.
- Here is my personal ranking of NHL defencemen, all-time: 1. Bobby Orr. On an island by himself. No one else around. 2. Nicklas Lidstrom, same thing. Orr is alone. Lidstrom is alone. Then you can argue where to put Larry Robinson, Denis Potvin, Ray Bourque, Doug Harvey, Eddie Shore, Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
It is Gary’s World and the rest of us are just living in it. That’s the takeaway from the NHL’s announcement commissioner Gary Bettman had reconsidered the penalty he had imposed on the Devils regarding the Ilya Kovalchuk circumvention case, and would thus return a first-round draft pick to New Jersey.
This was a thank you from Sixth Avenue to owners Joshua Harris and David Blitzer, who swooped in at the last minute — perhaps responding to the commissioner’s plea — to once and for all provide the remedy to the migraine headache the franchise had become under the ownership of Jeff Vanderbeek.
This was Bettman engaging in the power politics that define his reign and explain his mastery in the Boardroom throughout three lockouts, the last two of which yielded smashing victories for owners of disparate interests with one common bond — the commissioner who either invited them into the league or into its inner circle.
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The Hotstove last night talked about the Kovalchuk circumvention, taking back money in trades, the Vancouver Caucks and Wild GM Cliff Fletcher getting a contract extension.
NEW YORK (March 6, 2014) -- The National Hockey League announced today that it has decided to modify the disciplinary sanctions originally imposed on the New Jersey Devils’ franchise for its conduct in connection with the signing of former NHL Player Ilya Kovalchuk in July 2010, which conduct was determined by an Impartial Arbitrator to have constituted a circumvention of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (the “CBA”) then in effect.
"We found out, to our chagrin and surprise the other day, we had been told the cap was going to be $71 [million] and now with the Canadian dollar having tanked, that the cap could be as low as $68 [million]. That's a huge swing,"
-Dean Lombardi, GM ofl the Los Angeles Kings. More on the Kings including the Gaborik trade from Helene Elliott of the LA Times.
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