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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.”
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.
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