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by Paul on 11/12/13 at 05:51 PM ET
from the CP at TSN,
General managers discussed fighting, hybrid icing and the NHL's new playoff format among a host of other topics at their annual post-Hall of Fame meeting.
No formal rule changes came about, though the purpose of this get-together is more to set up March's meeting.
Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland's idea to extend overtime to 10 minutes got serious discussion. He wants four-on-four for five minutes and then three-on-three for another five, while Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues and others want simply 10 minutes of four-on-four.
added 6:36pm. Much more detailed information on the meeting from the Stephen Whyno of the CP at the National Post,
“I think there was an appetite in the room from all the managers and also from [commissioner Gary Bettman] to look at a way to extend overtime,” Holland said. “And we’re talking about possibly do we switch [ends], longer changes and do some things to try to maybe have better ice, whether it’s more shovelling or something.”
Holland said it’s possible overtime gets extended to seven or eight minutes instead of 10, which he considers an improvement he could live with.
Fighting was discussed both in general terms and in regard to goaltenders, after incidents this season involving Montreal tough guy George Parros suffering a concussion after his head hit the ice and Philadelphia goaltender Ray Emery skating over the red-line to pummel Washington netminder Braden Holtby.
Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said there wasn’t much of a push to change the punishment for skaters fighting, but he and his colleagues discussed adding more of a punishment for goalies who cross centre to fight like Emery did.
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