Jun 27, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin arrives at the Westin Hotel for the NHL Board of Governors meeting. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
3. The NHL GM Meetings were held recently. General Managers met to discuss rule changes that could make for a better on-ice product as early as next year. What rules, if any, do you think the NHL needs to change, or fix, immediately?
EB: A) Get rid of this stupid rule that says shootout wins count less than a regular win. A win is a win. Whomever came up with this idea has no clue what they are talking about.
B) No more shootouts after a 5 minute OT. That was fun-for like 5 seconds. No more. 4 on 4 followed by a 3 on 3. If still no winner, THEN you can go to a shootout. But let them win games like hockey players; not in a skills competition.
C) They have decided to be a little less strict on delay of game and distinct kicking motion calls. I am very glad about that. Some of these penalties are ridiculous.
I think the officiating in general should be looked at. It’s way too inconsistent. Unless someone deliberately took the puck and kicked it in, then there should be no problem.
D) That leads me to my final point. This is the big one. No more Toronto War Room. These people are idiots. They get calls wrong a lot. The Islanders’ season could be drastically different if they were awarded the 2 points they earned vs St. Louis. Jack Capuano should have had the ability to talk to the officials making the decision. The fact that it was made in another country is ludicrous. All calls should be made and reviewed by the officials at the game..
CT: Personally, I think shootouts need to be done with forever; however, I agree that there should be multiple overtimes, at different strengths, before a shootout (if kept) decides a hockey game. Also, I think it would be a good idea to carry penalties past expired overtime. For example, if a player takes a penalty with three seconds to go during 4-on-4 OT, overtime will continue for another 1:57.
I also think kicking should be allowed. There’s simply too much controversy surrounding the rule.
The Toronto War Room is fine by me. I think, if the NHL could get rid of rules that are decided on interpretation (such as kicking), it wouldn’t be nearly as much of a problem.
One last thing: make wins worth three points in the standings. If the game goes to a shootout, a team gets 2, loser gets 1.
EB: See, I just don’t understand rewarding the losing team. No shootouts and then when a team loses in OT, they get 0 pts. When you’re in the playoffs and you lose in 4 OTs, do they make the series 1-0.5? No. It’s 1-0.
CT: Fair. I’m OK with the loser point. If the shootout is removed from the game, I would have no problem going to a win percentage format in the standings, but I don’t think the NHL will allow continuos OT in the regular season. I don’t think they should either because that would take away from the mystique of the NHL playoffs.
It’s probably not the popular opinion, but I prefer ties over a shootout.
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