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More Consistent Calls Needed

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The area of inconsistency undermining the NHL isn’t supplementary discipline as applied by VP Brendan Shanahan, but rather initial discipline as determined by the league’s referees.

Seriously, one night Ryan Callahan is called for goaltender interference on the Island for kind of brushing against Evgeni Nabokov on a play going nowhere, but a few nights later nothing is called against the Penguins’ Matt Cooke in Winnipeg for knocking aside Ondrej Pavelec while a goal is being scored by Zbynek Michalek.

What’s the standard?

One night, Brandon Prust is called for boarding in Vancouver for having the Canucks’ Andrew Alberts fall down into him while finishing a check at the slightest touch.

But a couple of nights later, Cory Sarich gets away scot-free in Calgary for nailing Brad Richards from behind in front of the Rangers’ bench—not far, coincidentally, from the spot on the ice where Curtis Glencross concussed Chris Drury a couple of years ago.

What’s the standard?

The game continues to get faster. The NHL’s referees have not kept up.


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DocF's avatar

Gee, Larry is starting to see what any Red Wings fan has seen for at least 10 years.  Most of the NHL officials are terrible at the job.  The majority of linemen have been terrible in the 8 or so games I’ve seen this year.  They cannot drop the puck fairly and they have not been in position at the blue lines, so they cannot make offside calls correctly. 

The referees, as a group, are terrible homers.  They are even worse than the NBA clowns.  They also have their biases, some of which are consistent enough so the average fan can spot them, but most or only consistent in their inconsistency. 

The NHL, if it wants to be taken seriously, must find itself a more high quality level of officiating and find it fast.  I fear the commissioner likes it this way as he has run off at least 4 top notch officials over the last two seasons.


Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 10/24/11 at 12:43 AM ET

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