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Wrapping Up Day One Of The GM Meetings

from Frank Servalli of TSN,

Goaltender interference was scheduled for 90 minutes on Monday’s agenda, but the three-hour debate went on so long it was the only topic of conversation at the meeting.

“There should be change and there will be,” Lamoriello said. “It’s just making sure it’s the right thing. I think we also have to be very careful and dwell on [whether] something is majorly wrong. We had several isolated incidents that were flagrant and they overshadow everything else.”

NHL senior vice-president of hockey operations , along with colleague Kris King and director of officiating Stephen Walkom, led the media through a series of some of the most controversial calls on Monday afternoon.

The NHL reported that out of the 1,114 games and 6,593 goals scored this season, there have been just 170 video reviews for goaltender interference, including those triggered by the Situation Room in the final minute of games or overtime.

Of those 170 reviews, Campbell said Monday that there was internal disagreement or disagreement with referees on just nine scoring plays.

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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Back in Stephen Walkom’s day, they referred to the video review room as “Heaven.”

It was a half-joking/half-not response to the goals that started to be overturned by the NHL’s hockey operations department because the puck was deemed to be kicked in the net. Respected referees like Walkom couldn’t believe how often the decisions made in video review contradicted the way he had called the game for decades.

In closed company, the stripes would lament that only God could see the level of detail the league was scrutinizing from on high. And they were mere mortals.

“We got to the point where we didn’t know what it was, but we always knew what it was. Do you understand what I mean?” Walkom said Monday. “Like we knew what a kick was. It took us like eight, nine, 10 years to finally say ‘Woah, we’re seeing way too much. Let’s go back to the spirit of the rule.’


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Of those 170 reviews, Campbell said Monday that there was internal disagreement or disagreement with referees on just nine scoring plays.

“just nine” ...

right, the blind leading the blind - then a pat on the back,
“Well we got that one right. Good job!”

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/20/18 at 06:31 AM ET


Having a set committee review every goal is a popular remedy for the on going inconsistency, but it still won’t solve the problems caused by the challenges. 

A) they take an eternity to solve and ruin the flow of the game. You should automatically lose your timeout if you challenge regardless of the outcome, as in “im choosing to call a timeout so you can review this play to make sure the call is correct.”  Its not the NFL.  You get one timeout - use it wisely. 

B) all refs are going to interpret rules differently, much like a judge, and so will any committee.  instead of trying to over-define and legislate the rules via the rule book, make it simple.  any infraction, goalie interference, offsides, hooking, whatever, should just be defined as an attempt to gain an unfair advantage.  too much interference is incidental and making an honest play at the puck.  if you take the dumoulin call against the leafs, is he trying to score a goal or trying to stop andersen from making a save?  if they can’t agree on the former, then ANY contact with a goalie while in his crease should be goalie interference, zero tolerance, period.  make it easier to understand.  put some onus on goaltenders outside their crease. 

C) for offsides, either let the linesman do his job and live with it, or review the zone entry for each and every goal. The forseberg goal in the playoffs was such a bad call but his movement forward impacted the play.  a player innocuously skating parallel to the blueline is not that impactful.  if they can reserve judgement on boarding, hits from behind, and head shots as to whether the severity of the hit warrants a penalty, surely the linesman can interpret whether a player entering the zone mere fractions of a second ahead of the puck is detrimental to the play of the game. 

Posted by PMP5030 on 03/20/18 at 06:46 AM ET

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