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NHL discussing expanded review for goalie interference


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.”

New rule: NHL video room can immediately stop play

Ottawa Senators v New York Islanders

Following Tuesday’s NHL general managers meetings in Toronto a couple rule changes were imposed.

In addition to the removal of the dry scrape, hockey operations now has the ability to immediately stop a game if a good goal is missed on the ice by both referees.

Under the old rules, the game would continue until a natural stoppage occurred and then a review would take place.

“We will stop play if there’s a… if a puck went into the net and we determined that goal was scored, we’ll stop play now,” said NHL Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell. “We’ll call and say, ‘this goal was in’, we’re not going to let play go for a minute and a half. We’re stopping it. We’ll buzz. They’ll blow the horn.

“We had a situation this year already and a situation last year. When that happens… too much can happen after that play, we don’t want to deal with. A penalty could take place. You don’t want a penalty to stand and the goal is scored. That time is wiped out, that didn’t really happen, but it happened.”

Hockey insider Bob McKenzie has more:

NHL watching 3-on-3 OT in the AHL closely

Casey Cizikas, Evgeni Nabokov, Calvin de Haan

Much of November’s NHL general managers meetings in Toronto is used to set up a list of topics to discuss further, and more seriously, for meetings, which take place in March in Boca Raton, FL.

One of the items surely to be discussed in the new year is 3-on-3 overtime.

The American Hockey League is currently using the format and seeing excellent results.

As of Monday, only nine of the 45 OT games have required the shootout.

“We’ve always talked about the desire to get more games decided prior to the shootout,” said Blackhawks GM, Stan Bowman. “I think it’s trending that way. We’ll see how it plays out over the whole year.

“In the American Hockey League they’ve obviously had a bigger change in their numbers, but they have a little bit different format than we do.”

Hockey insider Bob McKenzie believes the league is heading in that direction:

Ken Holland is the brains behind the 3-on-3 format. He first introduced it during the Traverse City prospects tournament. Though he admits his suggestion of a dry scrape prior to the start of overtime was a bad idea, it seems like 3-on-3 may just work.

The AHL adopted the rule prior to the start of this season. Now any game going into overtime is played 4-on-4 for the first three minutes.Then at the first whistle following the three minute mark, the teams switch to 3-on-3 for the final four minutes or until a goal is scored.

“I saw it Saturday night in Grand Rapids. I thought it was fabulous,” said the Red Wings GM.

Where did the idea come from?

“Up here I guess, “ said Holland pointing to his head. “I don’t know… there’s a lot going on (in my head). Some funny stuff. We were one of two teams that didn’t vote for shootouts in 2005. I understand that we need to bring the game to a conclusion.”

Holland’s not the only one in favor of the format.

“I’ve always liked the idea,” said Blue Jackets GM, Jarmo Kekalainen. “I loved it in Traverse City. I haven’t seen it in the AHL, but the 3-on-3 at the Traverse City tournament was awesome in my opinion.”

The league does have its share of concerns surrounding the idea of 3-on-3 overtime.

“The hardest part to that is (the AHL) is playing, 3-on-3 or not, they’re playing an extra two minutes of overtime,” said NHL Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell. “We’ve got to take that into consideration. We’re playing five (minutes) they’re playing seven now.

“We’re watching and we didn’t want to make any decisions based on a fifth of the season. Our managers would like to see games come to completion more in overtime.”

In the AHL, early reaction has been positive from both coaches and players.

“I couldn’t imagine as a fan watching the game, seeing so many (scoring) opportunities,” said Rockford IceHogs defenseman, T.J. Brennan. “It’s a good way to determine the game through action and I think it’ll be good for the league.”

Added Toronto Marlies coach, Gord Dineen: “At least its decided in play and its not just a 1-on-1 situation. It’s a team game and so 3-on-3 is certainly brings a lot more of the team aspect of it than a shootout.”

There certainly won’t be any rule change this season, but next season, it appears overtime could feature 3-on-3 action.