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Bad Coach’s Challenge? Get A Penalty

What I said a few weeks ago.

 

added 6:37am 6/23/17, via the CP at TSN,

The NHL is considering issuing a minor penalty for a failed coach's challenge for offside.

The penalty would be instead of losing a timeout for a failed challenge under the current rules. The league's general managers discussed the possible change at a meeting Thursday ahead of this weekend's NHL draft in Chicago.

Replay reviews for possible offside have attracted attention in the playoffs the past two years. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan got a Nashville goal wiped out in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in May. St. Louis star Vladimir Tarasenko had a playoff goal wiped out by a razor-thin offside ruling during a series against Chicago in 2016.

NHL executive Colin Campbell says the next stop for the possible rule change is the league's competition committee.

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The league moves the goalposts almost every time there’s a challenge.  They need to get much more consistent before they think of punishing teams for using their challenge.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/22/17 at 08:32 PM ET

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Lose your time out AND get a 2 min minor? Seems harsh. I’d much rather they got rid of the offsides replay challenge, but that would be admitting a mistake, which the NHL will NEVER do. So maybe this will be a bad idea with good results if it means fewer offsides reviews.

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 06/22/17 at 09:24 PM ET

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That’s fine, but they shouldn’t also lose the timeout

Posted by TreKronor on 06/22/17 at 09:32 PM ET

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Colin Campbell: “You better be sure” when you challenge.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 22, 2017

Hilarious. They give the coaches a vehicle for challenging a close call, one that already has a built-in penalty for being “wrong” (the loss of their only time out). Now, because it’s not working out the way the league wants it to, they want to add an additional penalty (in the form of an actual penalty).

The Garden Gnome and his minions have turned the NHL in a joke of a league.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/22/17 at 11:53 PM ET

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And if overturned the refs should lose 25% of the pay that game.

Posted by SlimChance on 06/23/17 at 12:00 AM ET

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Posted by OlderThanChelios

Didn’t Bettman say the offside review thing was “working exactly as planned” like five minutes ago?

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 06/23/17 at 12:14 AM ET

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Didn’t Bettman say the offside review thing was “working exactly as planned” like five minutes ago?

Posted by Steve in San Francisco on 06/23/17 at 12:14 AM ET

Maybe Campbell didn’t get the memo.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/23/17 at 12:45 AM ET

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Clearly NHL was butthurt about the use of challenges in the finals.

Posted by Iamhaljordan on 06/23/17 at 06:14 AM ET

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I absolutely hate this idea. I don’t want a penalty from a bad challenge effecting an outcome. At least if a challenge effects a game it’s somewhat justified. On top of that this just adds to the amount of time this will take.

Posted by StayClassy from Wings fan in Columbus on 06/23/17 at 07:02 AM ET

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I’d like to see a clock inserted into all instant replay in all sports.  60 seconds from the time you start your challenge.  If you can’t figure it out in 60 seconds, the call stands.

Its probably less than 25% of reviews where the call was actually blown on the field/ice and has to be overturned, and in the nhl especially, its usually just a judgement call slowed down frame by frame for 5+ mins.

Posted by PMP5030 on 06/23/17 at 07:11 AM ET

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I hate the offsides challenge as it is.  The league should be more lenient towards offsides if anything. Its like the skate in the crease rule of this era.  So stupid.  That being said, a penalty for being wrong is dumb.

Posted by PMP5030 on 06/23/17 at 07:13 AM ET

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This is dumb. Have the challenge for offside calls or don’t.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 06/23/17 at 08:53 AM ET

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If you didn’t want the coaches to challenge plays, why the hell did you give them the challenge in the first place? Its not their fault the refs cant do their jobs.

Bettman is actively trying to get me to stop watching.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 06/23/17 at 09:10 AM ET

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What a joke. Can they really not foresee the issues with this approach? There are other ways to fix things.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 06/23/17 at 10:37 AM ET

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Get rid of the offsides challenge. Almost every one I saw overturned this season was within 2-3 inches of being on/offside. Those inches really don’t translate into an advantage. The linesman calls are enough.

If they insist on keeping it, change the rule so offsides is a plane; foot does not need to be in contact with the ice.

I think goalie interference is awfully subjective. A time limit to make a decision on this one should be added and officials need to know that they must be absolutely certain to change the on the ice call.

Posted by evileye on 06/23/17 at 11:03 AM ET

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Hilarious. They give the coaches a vehicle for challenging a close call, one that already has a built-in penalty for being “wrong” (the loss of their only time out). Now, because it’s not working out the way the league wants it to, they want to add an additional penalty (in the form of an actual penalty).

I understand the league’s standpoint on this. Blash, for example, was using this as a way to get a longer “timeout” to settle down the team after giving up what wasn’t really a questionable goal.

I don’t agree that a team should be assessed a penalty on top of losing their timeout, but I understand the rationale.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 06/23/17 at 02:25 PM ET

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