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from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
If there is an internal published list of players for the officials to watch for, it's a well-guarded secret at this point. Directives sent to the referees and linesmen originate from the desk of Stephen Walkom - V.P. of Officiating or his counterpart in Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
Regardless of whether a directive has been sent or not, based on what I have observed and previously commented on, Brendan Gallagher has earned a rightful place on the Referee's "Ten Most Wanted" list.
Even after committing the holding infraction against Braydon Coburn, Gallagher completed a theatrical dive with both skates into the net in an attempt to fool the referee(s) and as the puck went past Ray Emery. Good for referee Dan O'Rourke for being dialed in from the neutral zone to make the correct call. I can assure you it was no accident or lucky catch by O'Rouke. A refs' list of known offenders is nothing new and Gallagher is not the only Habs player to be drawing special attention from the ref's this season. No one likes to be embarrassed—Diving/embellishment is near the top every ref's list!
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
There are three ideas that were once again brought up Tuesday:
-- A coach’s challenge, like in football where a coach can ask for a video review
-- Simply giving the Toronto war room an expanded list of plays it can review
-- Putting a TV monitor in the penalty box for referees to review plays they want a second look
The monitor in the penalty box has sizeable support among many GMs, but not as much with the league head office. It’s Poile’s idea.
"Specifically, I brought up the monitor and whether that would be a situation that could be helpful," said Poile. "It was just me bringing that up. I think a lot of people had their points and nothing was decided today. We are all happy with where we are but we're not satisfied until we get all of the goals right. We're striving for perfection you could say."
Said another GM who didn’t want his name used: "I like David’s idea of the monitor in the box because it takes away some of the embarrassment factor for the refs; they get to correct their own calls and control the process. Makes sense."
Regardless, look for more of this video review talk in March.
more plus the other topics discussed at the meeting today in Toronto...
One of the other topics discussed at the GMs meeting today. It starts tonight.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
You can't just dust off the old World Cup of Hockey logo and expect people will give a darn, especially when they were halfway out the door on the mistreated property a dozen years ago.
This new event must have pizzazz, it must have panache and it must resonate not just in Toronto, where the tournament will reportedly be held, but around the hockey world.
It has to be embraced by players and fans everywhere.
It has to mean something. It has to get the juices flowing and the imagination turning with thoughts of Wayne Gretzky to Mario Lemieux and the 1987 Canada Cup.
It has to promise hockey magic and then it has to deliver it.
Or else this will blow up like a dime-store gag cigar.
Although I would like to see the words 'is considering' replaced with 'will have'.
via Darren Dreger tweets,
GM's mtng: Source suggests dry scrape could be abandoned as early as wknd. Full shovel crews would handle pre-OT clean in 2 mins or less....
...Toronto and Buffalo are among arenas that use full shovel crew during commercial breaks. GM discussing today. Not a done deal
Lately, I thought the dry scrape has been much quicker than at the start of the year and I don't mind it all.
Goal should be to get the ice in the best condition possible but if the shovel crew can do the same job in less time, fine with me.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Today, the Department of Player Safety ‘‘war room’’ is on the 12th floor of the Manhattan building that contains the NHL’s offices. The room is not the same as the league’s Situation Room in Toronto, where every goal is reviewed. In New York, every second of every game is watched, but the purpose is to log anything notable — from accidental collisions, to clean checks, to incidents that might require supplemental discipline and much more. They even monitor whether broadcasters are getting rules right or wrong and beat-writer Twitter accounts to ensure incidents are correctly reported to fans.
The Player Safety room has 12 high-definition TVs and workstations that include 10 monitors that show the home and road feeds for every game. Stephane Quintal, in his fifth month as Brendan Shanahan’s replacement as senior VP of player safety, runs a department made up of Echevarrieta, Director of Player Safety Patrick Burke, manager Evan Rand and coordinators Paul Treyman, Chris Nastro, Peter Livera and Michael Grover. They are assigned usually one game each night to log everything on a laptop.
Based in St. Louis, 2000 league MVP Chris Pronger now works in the department. Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine advises in an unofficial capacity, and Quintal is looking to hire more ex-players.
Tacked to the walls are depth charts for all 30 teams, lists of repeat offenders (if you’re suspended twice in 18 months, your lost salary is per game, not per day) and lists of prior incidents (suspensions or not) that can be used for quick reference.
You can watch all the induction speeches at NHL.com.
A recap of the inductions by Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
The parties discussing the revamped World Cup of Hockey are prepared to make some dramatic changes to the tournament format, Sportsnet has learned.
The eight-team event is now expected to include two all-star entries along with the top six hockey nations — Canada, U.S., Sweden, Finland, Russia and Czech Republic — when it returns in September 2016, according to multiple sources.
The first all-star team is expected to feature the best players from the remaining European countries: Slovakia, Switzerland, Latvia, Germany and Slovenia, among them.
The makeup of the other mixed squad is still to be determined, although one idea being considered is bringing together all of the top young stars in the sport.
Organizers looked at staging a pre-tournament qualifier to determine the final two spots, but don’t believe there is time to pull everything together. They also like the idea of doing something different than the World Cups and Canada Cups of the past and think that adding all-star teams will make for a more competitive event.
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