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NHLPA Approves Goalie Interference Change

TORONTO (March 21, 2018) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) has reviewed the NHL General Managers Recommended Change to Rule 78.7 (ii) Governing Coach’s Challenges for Goaltender Interference with our Competition Committee Members – Michael Cammalleri (Edmonton Oilers), Ron Hainsey (Toronto Maple Leafs), Kevin Shattenkirk (New York Rangers), Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils), and Daniel Winnik (Minnesota Wild) – along with many other Players in our Membership.  Based on those discussions, the NHLPA has decided to approve the proposed change.  The rule change will now require further approval by the NHL’s Board of Governors.

“First and foremost, the players want consistency in the application of the rule, and therefore support this proposed change in order to help accomplish that goal,” said Mathieu Schneider, NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director.  

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Video- Gary Bettman On The “Tweak” Made To Goalie Interference And More Topics

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Afternoon Line- Darren Dreger

What do you think, will it help?


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NHL General Managers Recommend Rule Change To Goalie Interference

NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 21, 2018) – The National Hockey League’s General Managers have recommended a change to Rule 78.7 (ii) Coach’s Challenge – Goaltender Interference, the League announced today.

The rule change will require approval by the NHL’s Board of Governors and the NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee. It is hoped that the change could be enacted by the conclusion of the 2017-18 regular season.

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Day 2 Of The GM Meetings

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

NHL general managers want to give the final authority on goaltender interference reviews initiated by the coach's challenge to the Situation Room in Toronto.

The on-ice officials have the final authority on these reviews, but they consult with members of the NHL Hockey Operations Department in the Situation Room before deciding to allow or overturn the goal.

The League hopes to an announcement on the potential change in the review process Wednesday, but it is still determining whether it needs approval from other organizations, including the NHL Players' Association, the NHL Officials Association and the Board of Governors, because it involves a change in playing conditions.

The hope is to implement the change immediately.

continued with offside and delay of game talk too...

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Tweets From The GM Meetings



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Wrapping Up Day One Of The GM Meetings

from Frank Servalli of TSN,

Goaltender interference was scheduled for 90 minutes on Monday’s agenda, but the three-hour debate went on so long it was the only topic of conversation at the meeting.

“There should be change and there will be,” Lamoriello said. “It’s just making sure it’s the right thing. I think we also have to be very careful and dwell on [whether] something is majorly wrong. We had several isolated incidents that were flagrant and they overshadow everything else.”

NHL senior vice-president of hockey operations , along with colleague Kris King and director of officiating Stephen Walkom, led the media through a series of some of the most controversial calls on Monday afternoon.

The NHL reported that out of the 1,114 games and 6,593 goals scored this season, there have been just 170 video reviews for goaltender interference, including those triggered by the Situation Room in the final minute of games or overtime.

Of those 170 reviews, Campbell said Monday that there was internal disagreement or disagreement with referees on just nine scoring plays.

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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

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Besides Goalie Interference, Possible Topics Of Discussion At The GM Meetings

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

There will be a lot on the general managers’ plates this week, including:

- A review of the offside rules, with a potential change where a skate over the plane of the blue line would count as onside;

- An update on possible expansion to Seattle;

- A review of how teams use long-term injured relief, according to Hockey Night in Canada. That could be an issue for the Maple Leafs, who have parked Joffrey Lupul there for two seasons.

The general managers may also voice their opinion to change the playoff format, but that would be a matter commissioner Gary Bettman would have to run by the owners and get approval from the players via the collective bargaining agreement.

The league can’t change any rules mid-season following this meeting, but it can change how rules are interpreted. 


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Seedings And Stats

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The NHL does everything it can to create the illusion that any team can win the Stanley Cup. Anything to elevate the mediocre at the expense of excellence. This bracket system takes the objective one step further. Maybe participation trophies are next....

We refer to shooting percentage by calculating the number of goals scored against shots on net. But wouldn’t a more accurate picture be rendered by creating a “scoring percentage” by calculating goals against unblocked attempts?

For instance, where Patrik Laine owns a 19.34 shooting percentage (41/212), his scoring percentage would be 13.31 (41/308). Evgeni Malkin, who has a 19.05 shooting percentage (40/210), has a 15.15 scoring percentage (40/264), all stats provided by our friends at naturalstattrick.com.

more on the NHL Playofss seeding and other topics too...

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Hockey Notes On A Saturday Afternoon

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The options for Tavares will be many. San Jose and St. Louis are thought to be at the top of the list of suitors should he make himself available. Teams with cap space and potential need for a No. 1 centre such as Vancouver, Vegas, New Jersey, are almost certain to be all over the first line superstar.

Montreal has forever been in need of a first-line centre and even though the Rangers require a star forward, they say they won’t jump into the Tavares fire. And it’s hard to imagine Detroit and Carolina not taking a run at Tavares.

And while it probably makes little sense position-wise or salary-cap-wise, the Maple Leafs will juggle numbers to see if this is in any way doable. Tavares is only 27. In nine NHL seasons, he’s only played in 24 playoff games, only once in the second round.

more on Tavares plus notes like these...

-  So what will be announced at the end of the season? Joel Quenneville has been fired as coach of the Blackhawks or Quenneville has chosen to resign?

- Department of dumb team rules: Not letting assistant coaches in the NHL talk to the media. Especially goalie coaches. Most head coaches know next to nothing about goaltending 

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