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How Do You Feel About A Coach’s Challenge?

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

If the league looks at employment of a coach's challenge, there would be so many dynamics to consider.

How many challenges would a coach have in a game? Would a challenge be limited to certain types of plays? Would a failed challenge result in a penalty? Would a challenge be allowed in the closing minutes of a game? If so, coaches may use a challenge as a delay tactic to rest up his star players.

There is no harm with a trial and error period in the preseason in order to tinker with all these components. There is no harm in trying to get it right. But I'm not sure the NHL is ready for such an undertaking as a coach's challenge.


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TheFreak's avatar

Seems like there would be more overhead to a team and/or the NHL if this were to come to fruition.

In NFL, the coach has the headset that can talk to the others up in the suites that have access to replays and such that they can confer back to the head coach. So in the NHL, if this happens, would they have the same type of resources to go on to issue a coaches challenge or do they just go on their own and call the challenge if they feel it’s right.

Then, who approves of the outcome if/when a coaches challenge? The refs on the ice or they guys in Toronto?

Posted by TheFreak on 02/20/13 at 03:01 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Let’s get goofy with it:

From the second the ref gets to your bench so you can explain what it is that you’re challenging to the second his decision is rendered, you spend that long shorthanded if you’re wrong (rounded up to the nearest 5-second increment).


The opposing team has the option to either shorten or lengthen the game by that amount, but you don’t get penalized.

If we’re going for it, we might as well make it not make sense. That’s the NHL way.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/20/13 at 04:47 PM ET

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