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Ken Holland’s Overtime Suggestion Gaining Supporters

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

In the prospect tournament he runs in Traverse City, Michigan, Holland implemented his version of overtime. On Sunday, he and other general managers in the building got to see what it looked like in actual game action for the first time when the Dallas Stars' prospects beat those from the Minnesota Wild in a shootout that followed the first 3-on-3 overtime session of the tournament.

The reviews of the 3-on-3 hockey were strong.

"It's awesome. It was fun," said Wild GM Chuck Fletcher. "Imagine Washington and Pittsburgh with [Sidney] Crosby, [Evgeni] Malkin, [Alex] Ovechkin, [Mike] Green, [Kris] Letang. Every line change is an odd-man rush."

Bear in mind that he was the GM of the losing team.

Other observers were just as enthused.

"This has been a good test case," said Carolina GM Jim Rutherford, who is in favor of the change. "And it looks good."

Said Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton: "I thought it was interesting. It was definitely fun to watch. The 3-on-3s were pretty fun. It was good, especially when they had fresh ice. The kids were racing up and down, trading chances. I know the fans were into it and we were watching and enjoying it."

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DrewBehr's avatar

Still incredibly gimmicky to me. These rule changes are going to end up turning the NHL into a real-life arcade game.

Why are we the only professional sports league to strip players in OT? How about when baseball goes into extra innings, each team can’t use their short stop and center fielder? Or, when Football goes into OT, the defending team can’t use linebackers?

Stupid.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 09/10/13 at 04:24 PM ET

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