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It’s Not Easy To Change A Rule Mid-Season

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The GMs, often vexed on trade deadline day or upon the opening of the free-agent market on July 1, can’t agree on what should happen if, say, a goal or a penalty would occur during the time between a missed out-of-bounds call and a stoppage to allow the review.

The solution would seem to apply the same standard as when a goal is missed and later awarded by Toronto, which would be to wind back the clock and allow the penalty to stand. No goal could be scored in what would be illegitimate time.

There is sentiment among at least a portion of GMs and league executives to remedy the situation and apply video review to out-of-play calls for the playoffs. But best intentions may not be enough. It is not so simple to enact a rule change in-season, unless, of course, it applies to Sean Avery (See: 2008 playoffs, The Avery Rule).

In order to adopt expanded video review for the playoffs, the league would require approval from the competition committee, followed by a unanimous vote from the Board of Governors, as opposed to the two-thirds majority that’s necessary to enact changes before a season.

Perhaps the two points that went to the Red Wings — and could have implications worth millions of dollars if Detroit makes the playoffs by that margin — are enough to jog the board into dramatic action. Surely it should.

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Alan's avatar

This week, I learned that something is only worth making a big stink over if Detroit benefited from it.

Where were these clowns when San Jose got the goal?

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 01/25/14 at 06:37 PM ET

awould's avatar

Yeah, this isn’t the first time a bad goal was scored on a missed out of bounds, off-sides or icing or other non-penalty missed-call.

If they’re concerned about having a goal scored in between the missed out-of-bounds/Wings goal and the review, then maybe the solution is to have a coach’s challenge on things like that and limit it to basic missed calls on out-of-bounds, icing or off-sides. If the opposing coach doesn’t challenge, then no review.

But really, a goal like that happens so infrequently that how often are these ‘what-if’ scenarios going to occur?

Posted by awould on 01/25/14 at 07:06 PM ET

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The problem is that Detroit benefited, triggering Larry Brooks’s little man complex.

Posted by captaineclectic on 01/25/14 at 10:51 PM ET

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