The third and final day of the NHL's general manager meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. was a lot less serious than the previous two, as the focus turned away from the highly emotional and highly critical head shot and concussion debate to a few less pressing, yet still worthy topics.
Among the things the GM's discussed on Wednesday:
- At the top of the agenda was the possibility of expanding video review, most notably to those four-minute, double minor high sticking fouls that are called when a player is forced to bleed his own blood.
The possibility of an NFL-style coach's challenge has been discussed in the past, like at these meetings a year ago, for example. While there was no support for it then, the Canadian Press reports that there's been some movement on that front and that it could be an option down the line for this sort of thing.
The balance must be struck on how much the GM's are willing to allow interruptions in the flow of the game, because as we know, hockey is a game based highly on momentum and flow, and much like a coach uses a timeout to stop a tide he feels is negative, a potential challenge could fill that same role.
And which calls do we want to make challenges available on? Leafs GM Brian Burke voiced that concern, as quoted by the CP.
"The whole thing makes me nervous as far as the time of game," said Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke. "Review has been a good addition to our league, but I think we have to be careful how far we take it. Too many men on the ice penalties? An icing that was missed 80 seconds before a goal was scored?
"I think we have to go slowly here."
There does seem to be a strong desire to get the call right on the ice, and it's nice hearing that that's the ultimate goal here.
- The other point of discussion on Wednesday was the shootout -- and no, they're not thinking of eliminating it. More specifically, the GM's talked about the "spin-o-rama" move that's come up as an exciting, yet potentially illegal form of dazzling and scoring in the post-overtime contest.
There didn't seem to be any consensus on the issue, but it's definitely something that will be debated until the next time the group meets in June.