When the NHL’s general managers gather on March 21 in Toronto for an abbreviated version of their annual meetings one thing is certain – they will recommend increased use of video replay in overturning or confirming the decisions of the on-ice officials.
The appetite for more replay use than the current standard, which sees the league’s hockey department review only goals and only whether or not the puck entered the net, is much greater than it was in November, 2010, when Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon saw his suggestion of giving coaches one challenge a game, like the NFL, quickly rejected. Now the debate will concern just how intrusive the war room at the NHL offices in Toronto will be with the referees and just how those rulings will be applied.
“I’m more open than I was when Dale Tallon brought it up,” Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland said Sunday. “The big thing in our game is goals, so we have to try to make sure goals are right, that we’re not scoring goals on offsides or maybe goalie interference.”
Tallon, who made his proposal shortly after his team lost a game to the Toronto Maple Leafs when forward Colton Orr knocked down Panthers’ goaltender Scott Clemmensen and put the puck in off his skate, saw his argument boosted last week by Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene. He was offside by a metre when he scored to help the Avalanche beat the Nashville Predators.
“But the question will be where you draw the line and what to include,” said Maple Leafs vice-president of hockey operations Dave Poulin. “I think it’s got its place because you always want the right call.”
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