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Besides Goalie Interference, Possible Topics Of Discussion At The GM Meetings

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

There will be a lot on the general managers’ plates this week, including:

- A review of the offside rules, with a potential change where a skate over the plane of the blue line would count as onside;

- An update on possible expansion to Seattle;

- A review of how teams use long-term injured relief, according to Hockey Night in Canada. That could be an issue for the Maple Leafs, who have parked Joffrey Lupul there for two seasons.

The general managers may also voice their opinion to change the playoff format, but that would be a matter commissioner Gary Bettman would have to run by the owners and get approval from the players via the collective bargaining agreement.

The league can’t change any rules mid-season following this meeting, but it can change how rules are interpreted. 


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Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Slashing/faceoff/visor report

The 2017-18 season began with three notable initiatives: A tougher standard on slashing penalties, renewed focus on violations in the faceoff circle, and a mandate to ensure players properly covered their eyes with visors.

There were a ton of penalties early. It’s slowed since.

A progress update will be provided to GMs on each count.

One interesting development on the visor front is that a handful of players with the option not to use them at all have since been granted dispensation to wear them in a manner not allowed by their younger colleagues. That list includes Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall, Arizona’s Niklas Hjalmarsson and Toronto’s Leo Komarov….

The GMs will kick around the possibility of introducing one-minute PPs for overtime, and on non-aggression penalties like puck over the glass and faceoff violations in regulation.

The agenda also includes a proposal to have all faceoffs during a power play start in the offensive zone. This could potentially include those coming off a goal scored during a 5-on-3 advantage or the occasions when a period starts in the middle of a man advantage.

There is due to be a discussion on how LTIR was handled in the cases of Marian Hossa, Joffrey Lupul and Nikita Soshnikov this season.

This could be an interesting one.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/19/18 at 06:20 AM ET

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There is due to be a discussion on how LTIR was handled in the cases of Marian Hossa, Joffrey Lupul and Nikita Soshnikov this season.


Posted by Primis on 03/19/18 at 06:29 AM ET

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About time,especially about Hossa. angry

Posted by bigfrog on 03/19/18 at 08:09 PM ET

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