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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- Yes, everyone wants to get the correct calls on the ice. But instead of expanding video review that would undoubtedly add 10-15 minutes of standing around during games waiting for officials to get it right (or, as is obvious with the current kicked-in rule, get it right a little bit more of the time) the NHL’s priority should be improving the standard of officiating around the league so the referees actually get it right the first time.

- This idea hatched at the GM’s meeting of essentially giving teams free faceoff victories by moving a violator at the dots back 12-18 inches rather than removing him from the draw is about as absurd as it gets, given the often arbitrary nature of the way certain linesmen drop the puck.

- Henrik Lundqvist was very good in the playoffs two years ago in taking the Rangers to the conference finals, and he has been the backbone of the team from the moment his salary started to be paid in U.S. dollars rather than Swedish krona. But until he has a tournament equal to the ones fashioned by Mike Richter in 1994 and 1997, the King doesn’t get to wear the franchise’s goaltending crown.

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undoubtedly add 10-15 minutes of standing around

Hyperbole is not dead. Why would it take 10-15 minutes when the announcers and every fan can see exactly why a goal is bad on the tv replays in less than 2?

Posted by awould on 03/15/14 at 07:27 PM ET


Posted by awould on 03/15/14 at 08:27 PM ET

I’m pretty sure he doesn’t mean one call would take 10-15 minutes.  By expanding video review, i.e. making more calls reviewable, it isn’t at all inconceivable that it could add 10-15 minutes to a broadcast.

Posted by Garth on 03/15/14 at 08:09 PM ET

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Posted by Garth on 03/15/14 at 09:09 PM ET

I agree that’s probably what he meant. However, he’s framing the argument wrong, either on purpose or because he hasn’t thought about it much. The question isn’t should there be review… it is, if we have a review, what kind of review should there be?

Most fans (that I know) don’t want to see a video review like exists in college football - which can definitely get tedious and focuses on minutia that barely effects the game sometimes. Most fans want the clearly ridiculous stuff to be reviewed ..... if it goes off the back netting… if the puck is on a clear trajectory into the net on an ‘intent to whistle’.... if a blown goalie interference call waives off the goal. I think it is reasonable to implement a review system to take care of 75% of the ridiculous goals and non-goals that won’t burden the broadcast time too much.

This is the same thing opponents of ‘larger ice’ do… they frame it as NHL vs Olympic ice rather than NHL vs Bigger NHL. It’s what people do who don’t want to debate the merits of the question.

Posted by awould on 03/15/14 at 08:40 PM ET

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improving the standard of officiating around the league so the referees actually get it right the first time.

This is also kind of ridiculous…. the ref mistakes have existed forever. It’d be nice if we could evolve a super-ref who would never make mistakes in a very fast game with a lot going on, but that isn’t going to happen. We have HD video and super-slo-mo… seems like the NHL should take advantage of that technology so fans don’t feel cheated every 15th game or whatever. The NHL is one of the more tech-savvy leagues and likes to promote itself as such - so why not this too?

Posted by awould on 03/15/14 at 08:46 PM ET

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