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from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
A player is not allowed to "make himself bigger" with the use of his stick and/or hands to detain or restrain an opponent as you describe in your question. Should this occur, it is a clear violation of Rule 56 and should be penalized as interference. At training camp in September, the referees were instructed to apply a strict standard with regard to interference of this nature once the puck was chipped past a defender. The mandate was put forward to allow attackers clean and legal access to pursue the loose puck and generate offence.
There are legal methods available for a defender to delay, contain, or even eliminate an attacker with contact through establishing proper "body position." Body position is determined as a player in front or beside an opponent, traveling in the same direction. A player is allowed the ice he is standing on (body position) and is not required to move in order to let an opponent proceed. A player may "block" the path of an opponent provided he is moving in the same direction. Moving laterally and without establishing body position, then making contact with the non-puck carrier is not permitted.
The key to legally detaining an attacking player who has chipped the puck past a defender is for that defender to immediately turn and skate in the same direction as the attacker. If executed properly, this considerably lengthens the distance his opponent must travel to get where he is going (to the puck). The defender must keep his feet moving in the same direction as the attacker and attempt to take the ice away as he moves forward.
GMs have endorsed Ron Francis' plan of making the defensive zone player put his stick on the ice first.
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Globe and Mail,
On the final day of the NHL general managers meeting, the Players’ Association got its first look at rule changes being proposed for next season, most notably adding some three-on-three play to overtime.
Players will have give their input on three-on-three, expanded video review and faceoff changes and must sign off before anything becomes official.
General managers were split on whether to go to the American Hockey League model of four-on-four for the first three minutes and then three-on-three from the next whistle to the end of a seven-minute overtime or to simply play three-on-three for the existing five-minute overtime.
One concern is that the extra two minutes a game, while likely to reduce shootouts, would put more of a strain on top players.
from Slava Malamud of IIHF.com,
The first Russian (and only the second European) referee in the history of the NHL has gotten off to a great start and hopes more are coming in his wake.
This might not be quite the same kind of milestone as the one in the late 1980s, when the Iron Curtain broke in international hockey and Soviet players were first allowed to go over to the National Hockey League. That one was a milestone to end all milestones. But it was mainly a political breakthrough, as nobody in the 1980s had any doubt at the stars from the Big Red Machine could, given a chance, acquit themselves pretty well in the world’s best league.
This milestone, however, is of a different kind. One could argue that the barrier the Russian official Yevgeni Romasko is breaking, in a way, may be a harder one than the old Curtain. While the NHL has had a solid three decades’ worth of success by European players, Old World officials have found it so much more difficult to get the proverbial foot in the door. In fact, Romasko is only the second European referee in the league’s history and, of course, the first Russian, having begun his NHL career earlier this month at a game in Detroit between the Red Wings and the Edmonton Oilers. One can rest assured that the momentous nature of this occasion wasn’t lost on anyone, Romasko included.
“I was nervous to the extreme,” said the 33-year-old native of Tver, Russia. “It was a very important day in my life and in the history of Russian hockey. But the emotions were mostly positive ones, because the NHL created a celebratory atmosphere around it. The NHL officials, the teams, the players met me warmly, congratulated me. I have never experienced anything like this in my career.”
At a time when NHL scoring in general is down and the scoring championship may go to a player with less than 100 points, getting more goals in OT is very much needed. People don’t seem to find it as gimmicky as the shootout, and it offers the most skilled players in the sport more opportunities to show off those skills.
Who doesn’t want to see more of Pavel Datsyuk, Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Ryan Getzlaf, Patrick Kane and Vladimir Tarasenko? Seeing them unshackled at least for some of the time by enemy shadows and checkers is appealing.
For me, I once loved the idea of the shootout. Now, I’ve just seen too many. Unless they turn into marathon sessions, they offer no compelling narrative. We just keep count and declare a winner. An overtime goal, on the other hand, is the product of a play, or a blown save, or a perfect shot, or a timely hit. Three-on-three will still produce breakaways, but ones where the potential scorer has an opponent in hot pursuit.
Now, what the union has to say about all of this will be interesting. This relationship is still adversarial by nature, and when the union is asked to give something, it usually, and understandably, looks for something in return.
-Sportsnet's Damien Cox on 3-on-3 in OT. Read more on today's general managers meeting.
from Shawn Roarke of NHL.com,
The recommendation to adopt 3-on-3 play in regular-season overtime next season dominated the news Tuesday at the meeting of NHL general managers here, the suggestion that a limited video-replay challenge be instituted for next season could be as important.
The replay challenge, as proposed, would be used to rule on goals that involve the question of goaltender interference, or on delay-of-game penalties for players in the defensive zone shooting the puck directly out of play.
"What we're going to do, which is different, is we're going to create access for the officials on the ice to actually see video in consultation with the Situation Room in Toronto and they're going to look at it and they're going to see if, with the benefit of review, after a coach's challenge, whether or not there was a better call to make," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said.
continued and below, watch Gary Bettman address this topic...
What direction do you want to see?
A full 3-on-3, five minute OT or start with 4-on-4 and after 3-4 minutes, some 3-on-3?
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
There will be no red flag tossed onto the ice. There will be no white towel waving from the blade of a stick, a la Roger Nielson.
“We’re not going to do something fancy like throwing a flag or setting off fireworks,” said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
But if the competition committee and the board of governors approve the recommendation the general managers made Tuesday, the NHL will have a coach’s challenge for the first time next season.
It will be available in two instances: goaltender interference on scoring plays and delay-of-game calls when the puck goes over the glass.
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
The question now is which of two ideas to use: five minutes of 3-on-3 or the American Hockey League format. Starting this season, the AHL went to seven minutes of OT – 4-on-4 until the first whistle after the three-minute mark, then 3-on-3....
Fewer players means less coaching. More ice means more speed and skill. It remains to be seen, though, how it will look in the NHL.
“You’re dealing with more experienced players, much more talented players, coaches which may come up with different sort of plans,” said Colin Campbell, NHL senior vice president of hockey operations.
In the AHL, most coaches have used two forwards and one defenseman. Some have used three forwards. But Campbell said: “I think you’re going to see a lot different results and different ways games are played than we see in the American Hockey League.”
Some NHL GMs would prefer not to go straight from 5-on-5 to 3-on-3.
“It’s a team game,” said Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon. “I would like to get more players involved. If you go right to 3-on-3, you are going to eliminate half of your bench. Six or seven guys aren’t going to get any action.”
Looks like no final decision on OT. More discussion to come on starting 3-on-3 or using AHL model. But it sounds like GMs do want change.
Tablet or monitor to be added for refs for a coaches' challenge-style event with goaltender interference. Lose a timeout if wrong...
Also, there will discussion about NFL-style setup where in last minute, everything gets reviewed.
Also, refs will have final say on the call.
Remember, any recommendations must go through Competition Committee and BOG.
added 12:43pm, via Friedman,
More on challenge for goaltender interference: can only be used on a goal, can't be used to call a penalty (only goal/no-goal)...
And if a coach had no time-outs, can't call for a challenge.
added 1:16pm, More via TSN...
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