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NHL May Tweak The Offside Rule

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Even though the NHL’s rules seem to be working when it comes to offside calls and coach’s challenges, the league has acknowledged that it still seems like a bit of a dog’s breakfast. Or at least a work in process. So stop us if you’ve heard this before, but they’re going to continue to work on it.

As the league’s 31 GMs met Tuesday in Toronto, video review, coaches’ challenges and offside were large topics of conversation. Because they always are and always will. Even though the league reported that the total number of coach’s challenges is down 32 percent from last season and the number of challenges overturned is at 58 percent, up from 32 percent last season, there is still some work to be done.

The league announced that at the next GM meetings in March, the group will once again take a look at amending the offside rule to waive off the call when a player’s skate blade is cutting across the plane of the blueline, but not physically touching the blueline. And the league will also look at the issue of possession and control as it pertains to offside calls.

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Crossing the plane without a skate physically touching the line? Meaning hovering? Above the plane? Not understanding

Posted by rjman48 from Royal Oak on 11/20/19 at 06:27 AM ET

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