Along with 3-on-3 overtime one item, which will likely find its’ way on to the docket for the March NHL general managers meeting is expanded review for goaltender interference.
It was a hot topic at Tuesday’s meetings in Toronto.
However, all parties involved are looking for a place to draw the line.
“One of the most controversial plays in our game is goaltender interference,” said NHL Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell. “We had a lengthy conversation on goaltender interference. We’ve had examples this year. We’ve been doing it internally.”
“I think with the goaltender interference, if we’re going to expanded review, people expect us to get it right and we want to make sure the process is right.”
On example, which was used while discussing expanded review, occurred during an Oct. 25 game between the Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils.
“When you’re making decisions on certain things, how far do you take it? Do you take the net being knocked off – is that our call or the official’s call? Hand pass in the crease from player-to-player, that would be our call,” Campbell said. “How much do you want to get right? “
Predators GM David Poile had an interesting suggestion during Tuesday’s discussions.
“I brought up the monitor (in the penalty box for referees), whether that would be a situation, which could be helpful,” said Poile. “It’s never going to be perfect with the game of hockey with the amount of physical contact that we have, but I think we’re working at it at a good pace.
“We’re all for trying to help the war room (in Toronto), to make the best decisions possible, and for them to help the referees make the best decisions possible.”
As Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen pointed out, the most important thing is “to get (the calls) right more than wrong and still not have too many reviews and slow the process too much.”