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by Paul on 06/09/14 at 07:33 PM ET
from Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The recommendations from the committee:
- For the trapezoid to be expanded by four feet overall (two feet on each side of the goal line). That gives goalies more room to play the puck.
- Changes to regular-season overtime: Have teams change ends after regulation to force long line changes, which in theory should help create more offense. They also proposed a dry scrape after regulation to clean up the ice somewhat.
- Faceoffs in offensive/defensive zone: Adopt IIHF hashmarks, which are five feet apart (NHL currently at three and a half feet).
- The committee also wants more done to curb embellishment/diving in the NHL (perhaps via fine or additional penalty).
- Kicking pucks: Committee wants to see more leniency and allow for a bit more when it comes to kicking motion.
- And the meat of it: More discussion of expanded video review, particularly when it comes to goalie interference, but there was no real resolution on this by the committee on Monday. Simply the agreement that it will be further discussed.
added 8:06pm, from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell and NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director Mathieu Schneider are non-voting members of the Competition Committee.
The worry among the group in the meeting is expanding video review in any manner could do more harm than good because of the accompanying expectation of getting the call "right" on what, by its very nature, is a subjective call.
"I think [NHL Commissioner] Gary [Bettman] said it best in the meeting when he said, 'Once we go to video review there's an expectation that we're going to get these calls right all the time,'" Schneider said. "You can have two reasonable people sitting in a room watching the same video and have two very different opinions on that video. It becomes, like Gary said, very complex. The feeling is right now we're not at the point where we could get a meaningful video review that would have a 100 percent outcome."
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