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Being George Parros

from Michael Russo of The Athletic,

You deal with angry calls from general managers, especially when one of your suspension decisions stands in the way of history and perhaps an eventual NHL-record “Ironman” streak. You fend off the NHL’s players’ association, tasked with defending a perpetrator who inflicted harm on another union member. You answer to commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly, responsible for 1,271 NHL games being played fairly and safely. And you are critiqued daily in print and on the air waves, and on Twitter by thousands of barb-hurling hockey fanatics who customarily view discipline decisions through the lens of their favorite team.

“I’ve isolated myself from the social media world to this point, and I find it best to let the big stories come to me,” first-year department head George Parros, laughing, said last month when The Athletic was granted access to shadow a nine-game night inside the Department of Player Safety’s war room on the 12th floor of NHL headquarters. “You don’t get much positive reinforcement from anybody, so you’re better off avoiding it.”

The good thing is Parros has thick skin — and scarred and callused, for that matter, thanks to years of absorbing and throwing punches.

read on (free to all)...

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Morning Line- Andrew Ference

"There are a ton of guys that would love to be a little bit more open, be a little more P.K. [Subban], show the world the things you're into, and not have to hide or go dark for five days because you had a losing streak, we have to progress to that level."

-Andrew Ference, director of social impact, growth and fan development for the NHL.  Greg Wyshynski of ESPN has more.

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Tracking The Coach’s Challenge

247 Coach’s Challenges | 153 upheld | 94 overturned

· 156 for goalie interference | 107 upheld | 49 overturned (42 to “no goal” / 7 to “goal”)

· 20 initiated by Situation Room for goalie interference | 15 upheld | 5 overturned

· 57 for offside | 19 upheld | 38 overturned (all to “no goal”)

· 14 initiated by Situation Room for offside | 12 upheld | 2 overturned (all to “no goal”)

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Head Hits Continue

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Goaltender interference controversies will not diminish by substituting one subjective opinion from an officiating supervisor based in Toronto for another subjective opinion from a referee on the ice, but the peril of incurring brain trauma will persist as long as both the NHL and NHLPA mutually tolerate blows to the head — such as the one St. Louis’ Brayden Schenn laid on Boston’s unaware David Krejci on Wednesday.

You can argue Krejci, who looked down momentarily to move a puck out of the corner on his backhand, should have been aware he was in imminent danger. Clearly, he had placed himself in a vulnerable position. You can also believe, as did the Department of Player Safety in declining to prosecute Schenn, that the hit was unavoidable because of the Bruin’s body position.

Upon review, however, it certainly seems as if Schenn could have avoided a direct hit to Krejci’s head. But then, according to the rules adopted by the league and codified by the union, that wasn’t Schenn’s obligation. There is no rule in the book that turns primary contact with the head into an automatic penalty, let alone a suspendable offense.

continued plus more topics like this...

Gary Bettman believes the coaches’ challenge for goaltender interference should be used only “when it’s a completely blown call.”

Apparently because in the commissioner’s world, there is such a thing as partially blown call.

If you missed or want to review the Schenn hit, watch below.

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Thursday Evening Hockey Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- The NHL has submitted to the NHLPA a revised Draft Lottery odds system for 2018. In 2016-17, the 30th-place team had an 18 per cent chance. If approved, whoever finishes 31st would be at 18.5 per cent. It was 20 prior to 2017.

- There were GMs who thought there would be a change to the offside rule, especially since Colin Campbell favoured it. One reason it didn’t happen was worry that camera angles were not clear enough to show if a skate truly was off the ice. That would’ve been a total gong show. You don’t want to walk from one problem to another.

- Carolina’s interim GM, Don Waddell, departed the meetings early to go back to home base. That left many of his brethren wondering exactly what is going on with the search. I think the honest answer is: not even Tom Dundon is sure. There are a few issues here. Tops among them, as Nick Kypreos and I mentioned last week, are authority and salary. From what I understand, one of the things that drove a wedge between Dundon and Ron Francis was that if the owner had a question about coaching strategy or something that happened during the game, he’d call Bill Peters directly. Francis didn’t like that, and most GMs wouldn’t either....

more on Carolina and of course more Thoughts...

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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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