You may recall back in September when we wrote about 3-on-3 overtime (if nobody scores 4-on-4) and the apparent momentum the idea was gaining among NHL general managers.
Today at the GM meetings in Toronto, one of the idea’s main advocates — Detroit’s Ken Holland — cited an appetite among his counterparts to extend OT as a way to reduce the number of games being decided by a shootout.
A pair of tweets from the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman:
Holland says he believes there is some appetite to extending OT to 7 or 8 mins. Some GMs want 4on4 all the way, he likes 3on3 component…
There have already been 39 games decided by the shootout this season — the Los Angeles Kings are already 4-0 in the so-called skills competition; the New Jersey Devils are 0-4 — and that’s too many for GMs like Holland, who’s said in the past, “I’d like to have more games decided playing hockey.”
Of course, there are those who don’t consider 3-on-3 “playing hockey”any more than they consider the shootout “playing hockey”; hence, the ongoing debate.
For now, no changes are imminent. But expect the topic to be broached once again in March when the GMs get together for their annual spring meeting.
Dubinsky won’t change, and he won’t go easy on Crosby
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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