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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Who cares about making a rule that encompasses every single, possible bad goal that 30 GMs can dream up at a tony resort? Fix the obvious bad goals — like in Detroit; like when Colorado’s Matt Duchene is six feet offside — and the percentage of truly bad goal could be cut in half.
And don’t give me the old, “Yeah, but what about if it happened in a Game 7?”
If you’re a GM, and you don’t have enough pride to throw a goal back that stands as an embarrassment to the league should it be allowed, then you should look in the mirror.
Stop thinking about your team. Start thinking about the game.
Use some common sense.
It's a 3 1/2 minute video...
from Dave McCarthy of TSN,
NHL GMs took part of the final day of meetings in Boca Raton, Florida to discuss the annual combine that runs in late May prior to the NHL entry draft in June. The event puts invited prospects through a serious of fitness tests and allows teams to interview targeted prospects to gain a further understanding into their psychological makeup.
But some teams have run team specific combines in the past to further evaluate prospects, which has been seen by several teams as an unfair competitive advantage. As a result, the NHL is contemplating placing limits and restrictions on the amount of players that teams can assemble for further testing.
"There was a discussion about that," said Commissioner Gary Bettman. "A change like that would require Board of Governor approval but I think that there was a sense in the room that it might be a good idea."
continued with basically a wrap from Gary Bettman...
Gary Bettman met with the media to discuss the GM meetings...
from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,
Most of hockey dealt with the Peverley situation perfectly. The NHL postponed the game, as it should have; other teams expressed support, as did players; the medical staff and medical policies of the NHL were both lauded. Perfect. It could have been so much worse.
But there’s this strange strain of hockey fandom that demands something else. It happens every time; people will say, “basketball players, on the other hand …” and then we’re off, again. Lazy, soft, selfish, whatever. It raced all over Twitter again Tuesday; pictures of LeBron James and Peverley side by side, a variation on an old theme: LeBron is soft, unlike hockey players. Some hockey fans have this need to denigrate other sports — basketball, mostly — when it comes to loving their favourite sport.
Remember the Jonathan Toews-LeBron James meme that arose after their respective championships last season? It was a Twitter picture of a handwritten sheet that claimed Toews said “we” 14 times and never said “I” in his post-championship-winning press conference, while LeBron said “I” 18 times and never said “we.” It was gleefully re-tweeted by hockey fans, by hockey broadcasters, by hockey players, by thousands and thousands.
Funny thing: in LeBron’s post-game transcript he said “we” 16 times, by my count; in his on-ice interview on the CBC right after winning Toews said “I” five times. And neither number meant anything.
So why do hockey fans do this? Why does basketball, a sport in which Canada is surging, need to be torn down to lift up hockey? There’s a racial component underlying some of it, which is sad and ignorant, but why? Is it insecurity? A need to create and fend off an other?
from Dave McCarthy of TSN 1050,
"The big take away from this meeting is the managers are really happy with where the game is right now,"said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.
Throughout the week, GMs have expressed an interest to lessen the number of games decided in a shootout. To that end, a recommendation is expected to be put forth to have teams switch sides to begin overtime (the same as in the second period), hoping that a team's bench being further from their defensive zone will lead to more goals.
"I would say that's going to be recommended for sure," St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong confirmed.
So far, 18 of 30 teams have scored their largest number of goals under these conditions in the second period.
Also given consideration was doing the dry scrape of the ice prior to the overtime period to provide for better ice conditions instead of waiting until before the shootout; however, due to the potential of lengthening games, that item will continue to be discussed.
via Elliotte Friedman tweets,
Recommendations coming to competition committee and BoG include: moving hash marks back on faceoff circle, switching ends before OT...
There was also discussion on allowing more "kicked-in" or "directed-in" goals, but more work must still be done on that to clarify.
added 4:28pm, from the CP at CBC,
NHL general managers have agreed to make only a few rule-change recommendations to the competition committee after reaching a consensus to alter overtime and faceoffs.
Pending approval from that committee and the board of governors, teams will switch ends at the start of overtime to make for longer line changes.
As expected, there was not enough support to add any three-on-three or extra time to overtime.
Faceoffs could look much different, with GMs agreeing to try making centres who violate rules move 12-to-18 inches back instead of being kicked out of the circle.
A second violation would remain a two-minute minor penalty.
via Darren Dreger tweets,
Mathieu Schneider says players aren't interested in making games longer. Says players would prefer games not ending in shootout...so...
...PA would like to see more testing on long change in 4 on 4, or ways of encouraging games ending in regulation.
Schneider says players would like to see more interference allowed to slow game down. Removal of trapezoid to relieve pressure on D-men...
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Here’s one we didn’t see coming: St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong was touting moving the hashmarks further apart — from three feet in the NHL to the Olympic-sized five feet — to minimize obstruction off a faceoff.
“Lots of support for that in our (break out) group,” Detroit GM Ken Holland said. “Less obstruction, less interference off the draws. Probably would lead to less centre icemen getting kicked out … because of the jostling around.”
Who knew that was a problem?
more on Day 1 of the GM meetings...
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.”
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