Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/20/05 at 08:01 AM ET
Instigator: The instigator rule will remain, meaning a player deemed to have started a fight is tossed from the game. But if the infraction occurs in the last five minutes of a game, the player also receives a one-game suspension and his head coach is fined $10,000 (all figures U.S.). If the team pays the fine, the club is fined $100,000. Diving: The league will warn a player for the first incident. There will be a $1,000 fine for a second incident, $2,000 for a third, and a one-game suspension for a fourth. In the playoffs, a third- and fourth-time offender will be fined $5,000, but if one these multiple offenders is nailed two or more times, it's a one-game suspension. Complaints: Players, coaches and general managers are subject to fines of as much as $100,000 for derogatory comments about the officiating. Playoffs: The postseason could be expanded to 20 clubs from 16, with the third- and fourth-place teams in each of the six divisions competing in a best-of-three, play-in round. Officiating: Officials will be geographically located to work in divisions and work in two-referee teams as well as meet with team captains and coaches before each game.
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