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The Referee Problem

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- Let me know when the NHL fires vice president and director of officiating Stephen Walkom instead of referee Tim Peel, and I’ll believe the league is onto something.

Peel, of course, was fired posthaste after a hot-mic clip caught the referee saying he “wanted to get” an “early” penalty against the Predators after he made a marginal tripping call 4:46 into the second period of their game against the Red Wings on Tuesday.

There’d been only one prior penalty assessed against Detroit, so the desire to even things up at that juncture seems odd, but then again, that’s Peel, who had long before announced his intention to retire at the end of the season.

The NHL, which acted shocked, shocked we’ll say, that such a thing would exist in its universe, though the league, both before and throughout Walkom’s tenure at the top of the officiating food chain, has countenanced its officials managing games for decades....

- No organization in pro sports would benefit from John Tortorella’s boot-camp mentality as much as the Sabres. And Tortorella, of course, does not have a contract that goes beyond this season in Columbus.

But though half the Sabres — and that probably includes management — might not survive Tortorella, the larger question is: At this stage of his life, would Tortorella survive the Sabres?

more on the first topic plus other notes...

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Let The Refs Be Heard

from Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Province,

However, the real story here shouldn’t be what Peel did, but about the culture around hockey’s referees, how they’re shown respect on the ice and also away from the rink by the people in charge.

Officiating any sport is hard. A game as fast as hockey is very hard.

Mistakes happen, calls get missed — that’s inevitable.

It’s worth noting how rugby union has had mics on its referees for years and doesn’t run into the same problems that the NHL seems to.

“Oh but those mics would pick up a whole lot more,” some have retorted. Yes, that’s the point.

Rugby players are just as capable at cursing as hockey players are.

If you turned the mic on all the time, surely that would have an impact on the culture underneath it all.


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Video- Elliotte Friedman On The Dismissal Of Tim Peel

via Sportsnet,

Elliotte Friedman has a different perspective on why the NHL came down hard on referee Tim Peel.


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This May Be A Good Time To Fine Tune NHL Officiating

TSN Hockey analyst Mike Johnson and TSN Hockey Insider Frank Seravalli join James Duthie to discuss the Tim Peel incident, and whether or not this should be the starting point for a greater conversation about how NHL games are being refereed.

Watch at TSN, no geo-blocking

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Referee Tim Peel Will No Longer Work An NHL Game

NEW YORK (March 24, 2021) – National Hockey League Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell announced today that Referee Tim Peel, following his comments during the game last night between the Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators, no longer will be working NHL games now or in the future.

“Nothing is more important than ensuring the integrity of our game,” Campbell said. “Tim Peel’s conduct is in direct contradiction to the adherence to that cornerstone principle that we demand of our officials and that our fans, players, coaches and all those associated with our game expect and deserve. There is no justification for his comments, no matter the context or his intention, and the National Hockey League will take any and all steps necessary to protect the integrity our game.”

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Video- What, The Ref Said That?

from Sportsnet,

The NHL is investigating after an official in Tuesday's game between the Predators and Red Wings appeared to be caught on a hot mic suggesting he was looking to call a penalty against Nashville, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

The sound bite, which gained some traction after being shared on social media, occurred as the Predators broadcast was going to a commercial break in the second period.



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Get It Right

from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

It was an embarrassing moment for the NHL and one every coach hopes to never experience.

On Sunday, the league’s situation room made a significant error after Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella challenged a Carolina Hurricanes goal that he believed should not have counted because of a missed offside call.

The situation room ruled that the play was not offside, counted the goal and assessed the Blue Jackets a two-minute delay of game penalty with 1:15 left in the second period.

The Blue Jackets killed off the 1:15 and when they came back onto the ice for the third period, the rest of the penalty had been taken off the board as the NHL acknowledged its own error — the goal should actually not have counted because the play was offside and therefore, there should have been no penalty.

It was very little consolation to the Blue Jackets, as the goal was still left on the board and they wound up losing by one, 6-5.

“Well,” Jets head coach Paul Maurice said Monday when asked about the botched video review. “You know what? You always have good intentions, right? And that coach’s challenge has just done way, way more good in getting it right than, than that. So they had a mistake and they fixed it, I guess, as best they could. And it will bring scrutiny, right? And then it will force, maybe a better word, it will encourage, a review of the program and that’s how things get better, right?”


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Wrong Call Made But A Bit Late For The Columbus Blue Jackets

from Sportsnet,

Patrik Laine didn't shy away from expressing his displeasure after Sunday's loss against the Carolina Hurricanes -- and it had nothing to do with his new city, his teammates or the dynamic with head coach John Tortorella.

His ire stemmed from a refereeing error. Prior to a Vincent Trocheck goal at 18:45 of the second period, which gave Carolina a 4-3 lead, Columbus requested a coach's challenge for an off-side call. The NHL said after the game the challenge should have resulted in Carolina's goal being disallowed.

Instead, during the play review, a miscommunication between the replay booth, the linesmen and the NHL's Situation Room took place, leading to play resuming before all replays were reviewed to confirm the off-side. The goal stood and Columbus was assessed a delay of game penalty. During the second intermission, it was confirmed that the play was indeed off-side and the remaining 45 seconds of the penalty were rescinded -- but the goal was never revoked.

"I think that's the biggest joke I've ever seen," Laine told reporters after the game. "Especially this kind of game, two good teams playing good hockey in a tight game that should have been 3-3 and not 4-3, it's a tough one. But we all make mistakes and you just have to learn from them and move on."

continued with video of John Tortorella post-game, the Canes won 6-5...

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Let Them Play, Call The Rule Book Or Somewhere In The Middle?

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Which side of the thin line your sympathies lie depends on a list of factors as long as Zdeno Chara’s stick.

The score on the board.

The importance of the game.

The amount of time left on the clock.

Whether you view the NHL rulebook as gospel or guideline.

The star power and grudge history of the specific players involved.

The number and types of penalties previously called against each side up until that point.

And, more often than not, the laundry you cheer for.

Take another look at the stiff cross-checks NHL superstar Auston Matthews absorbed from Montreal Canadiens defenders Shea Weber and Ben Chiarot in the final moments of regulation during Wednesday’s season opener while trying to gain a scoring stance at the net-front during a tied-up tilt:...

“Great to see NHL hockey back last night. Such amazing athletes & so much speed & skill in the game now,” tweeted Jeff Jackson, an Orr Hockey Group agent who help negotiate monster contracts for Canadian franchise faces Connor McDavid and Matthews.

“But watching the abuse that star players take is hard to watch. Felt like the 80’s with the cross checks in the back & the hacking & slashing. NFL protects QB’s? Why don’t we?”

read on

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The Caul, A New Whistle For The NHL

from Scouting The Refs,

NHL referees and linesmen will be taking the ice for 2020-21 with a new ‘official’ whistle.

The National Hockey League has adopted the Fox40 pealess whistle, named “The Caul” after former NHL Director of Officiating John McCauley.

“It is a pretty neat and humbling experience that not only myself but my all fellow officials are using whistles named after my father,” said referee Wes McCauley. “The whistle sounded great and I’m looking forward to using The Caul in all our future games.”

The Caul is a pealess whistle, with a slightly lower tone than traditional whistles. Fox40 worked to tune the whistle’s two unique chambers to better emulate the sound of a pea-style whistle.


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