Dale Tallon

Panthers GM Dale Tallon will propose coaches challenge during GM meetings

It’s always easier to get involved in a cause if something affected you directly. You’ll see this happen often with celebrities; they will sometimes get involved in charitable efforts when their children or other loved ones suffer from a disease.

By that train of thought, it’s not shocking that Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon is leading the charge to give NHL coaches the right to challenge one call per game (if they still have a timeout). After all, Tallon’s team would have benefited from such a rule after Toronto Maple Leafs forward Colton Orr more or less made a goal happen because he interfered with Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the topic will be on the agenda for Tuesday’s general meetings and that Tallon sent the information to NHL Senior VP and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. Dreger also shared the specifics of Tallon’s proposed rule change.

The introductory criteria for Tallon’s proposal for a coach’s challenge are as follows:

> Applies only to goal-related plays

> Challenge must be issued within prescribed time limit

> Team must have timeout left to issue challenge

> Unsuccessful challenge results in loss of timeout

> Successful challenge results in no loss of timeout

> One challenge per team per game

Addressing the coach’s challenge system is something we took a look at last week and hey, look at that, they want to check into it further.

Seems pretty straightforward and reasonable, right? Much like in the NFL, an unsuccessful challenge will cost a team a timeout, which means that the new rule wouldn’t really add that much time to a contest in most cases. Either a challenge will be successful (and therefore worth the time spent) or it won’t and there will be one less available break in the action.

One bonus is that a coach cannot challenge a play as frivolously as an NFL one would; they only get one opportunity as opposed to two chances like their pigskin counterparts. Let’s not forget that NHL teams only get one timeout per game, too, so losing that could be a big blow for teams that commit a poorly timed icing or need to draw up a play late in a game.

What do you think? Should coaches be allowed to challenge specific plays? Let us know in the comments.

Video: Mike Fisher ends Nashville’s nasty goal drought

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No, the Nashville Predators did not forget how to score goals … or at least they were lifted from that amnesia on Wednesday.

Mike Fisher lifted the curse 13:52 into the first period of tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. You can watch that rare beast in the video above.

They had been shut out for three straight games and pretty close to four in pure game time.

On this subject, PHT’s Jason Brough asked Predators GM David Poile if he was considering moving a defenseman to improve in another area earlier today.

Struggling Sabre Tyler Ennis out with upper-body injury

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Tyler Ennis can probably relate with the Buffalo Sabres’ opponent on Wednesday, as he’s struggling almost as much as the Nashville Predators.

Perhaps some of that has to do with health?

Whether that’s the case or not, Ennis is out for the Sabres tonight, as the team announced that he’s dealing with an upper-body injury.

The Buffalo News discussed Ennis’ struggles in this article.

“I’d say he’s pressing too much. You can’t make those plays in every situation and in every point you touch the puck,” Dan Bylsma said to the Buffalo News. “ … He’s just got to simplify his game. He is a special player who can make those plays, but he can’t be trying to do it every time he touches the puck.”

He’ll need to wait a while to start getting things together, anyway.

WATCH LIVE: Wednesday Night Rivalry (Flyers-Islanders; Blackhawks-Sharks)

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You can check out tonight’s Wednesday Night Rivalry doubleheader on NBCSN, and you can also stream them online.

Here are the handy links for the two contests.

First, the New York Islanders host the Philadelphia Flyers.


After that, the Chicago Blackhawks visit the San Jose Sharks.


Braun out with upper-body injury; Zubrus to make Sharks debut

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The San Jose Sharks will be missing a top-4 defenseman tonight when they host the defending champs from Chicago.

Justin Braun has an upper-body injury. His status is considered day-to-day.

“Brauny has been one of our unsung heroes here through the first quarter of the season,” coach Peter DeBoer told CSN Bay Area. “He’s played some outstanding hockey. So, we’re going to miss him, but it’s a great opportunity for Mueller and Tennyson and one of these guys to establish themselves. It’s a great opportunity for us to reward Dillon for how well he’s played.”

Against the Blackhawks, Brenden Dillon will take Braun’s spot on the top pairing alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic; Paul Martin and Brent Burns will stay together on the second pairing; and 20-year-old Mirco Mueller will skate with Matt Tennyson.

Mueller has played just four games for the Sharks this season. In his last game, Thursday in Philadelphia, he received only 9:13 of ice time.

Also tonight, new Shark forward Dainius Zubrus is expected to debut on the fourth line.

Related: Sharks sign Zubrus, because DeBoer