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The good, the bad, and the ugly of the topics at this year’s NHL GM meetings

The annual tradition of NHL GMs convening in Florida is underway, and the GMs will once again review potential rule changes to better the game for all those involved. Here’s a list of the 5 items (so far) being discussed (sub req’d). Naturally, some of these are good, and some are downright silly.

The Good

1. Changing the ROW tiebreaker to RW. This is a great idea, since OT wins at 3-on-3 are silly. It’s a step in the right direction of eliminating the loser point and/or three-point regulation wins. Baby steps.

2. Changing penalties in OT. This is good too! A 4-on-3 powerplay is incredibly dangerous, and in a five minute period, the impact is compounded. Making penalties one minute would be interesting, plus gives us more opportunity for jack-in-the-box plays. What I don’t like is nitpicking which penalties are one minute and which are two minutes. All or nothing.

The Bad

1. Clocks in the corner boards. I feel like there are more important things to talk about.

The Meh

1. Seattle expansion. Updates are nice, but this is another two years away. Teams will begin prepping, for sure. It would be cool to see some confirmation about how the expansion draft will work so we can begin our mocks and our predictions.

2. KHL updates. Something about when you can sign KHL players. There won’t be any major updates here. The current agreement seems to work.

The Ugly

1. Not a peep about the broken point system. This is self explanatory.

2. Not a peep about concussions and head injuries. Clocks in the boards! Head injuries though? Nah, not worth discussing.

3. There is no public shaming of Eugene Melnyk. The GMs should be ashamed of what Melnyk is doing.

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  1. Not a peep about concussions and head injuries. Clocks in the boards! Head injuries though? Nah, not worth discussing.

    Right David, makes the NHL the Mickey Mouse league that they are. Let’s protect one tenth of the players in the league as opposed to the other 99.9%.

    Disgraceful how the league ruins the best sport in the world.

    1. What would you like the league to do about concussions/head injuries. Curious on what you think.

      1. First offense: 5 game automatic suspension.
        Second offense: 10 game automatic suspension.
        Third offense: 40 game automatic suspension.
        Fourth offense: Thrown out of the league.

        Trust me, they implement this, and it will stop.

  2. 1. Changing the ROW tiebreaker to RW. This is a great idea, since OT wins at 3-on-3 are silly. It’s a step in the right direction of eliminating the loser point and/or three-point regulation wins. Baby steps.

    I love this idea, if you win you get the points, if not sorry! This makes it more exciting because they would be playing for a win, as opposed to a tie, and then an additional five minutes, and skills competition with the shoot out!!!!

    As for the rest, I fell asleep reading about the silliness these guys are talking about……….

    1. I say 3 for a RW , 2 for OT , 1 for SO , u loose u loose 0 … or 2 win , 1 OT – SO , 0 u loose … is that what’s on the table ?

  3. “Kravtsov’s KHL Season Ends ; Next Stop North America?”

    Great article on the Blueshirt Banter site this morning, explaining possible scenarios, and rules involved in getting Kravtsov to come and play this season. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!

  4. Clocks in the boards isnt that stupid, it’s probably to help players be aware of game time while on the ice without having to look up at the arena clocks.

    The Melnyk censure will never happen, White-collar criminals like John Spano, Bruce McNall, & Peter Pocklington have embarrassed the owners worse in the past.

    Lastly—off topic—Adam McQuaid is already a healthy scratch in Columbus. Good job by Gorton to at least recoup draft picks.

  5. now for the redden: not reviewing or revising the draft lotto/ordering. still too much lack of incentive to win around the league.

  6. Well most importantly how about a contract negotiation without a strike or lockout.

    1. The possibility of lockouts in the sport combined with the league’s half-baked concussion efforts are two major reasons that the NHL is the Mickey Mouse of sports leagues. If only the GM’s had the power to really address such issues.

    2. Get Bettman to retire. I was going to say something else about Bettman but then I would have felt the wrath of David’s ban hammer.

  7. I think putting the clocks in the corner boards hurts no one. As for points, I say only give out the loser point if it reaches a shootout, otherwise, let the OT be an extension of the game – 2 for the winner, 0 for the loser.

    I think the league needs to address helmet changes that are more protective. Protecting their assets should be a priority.

    As far as expansion, it is too important of a topic to poo-poo. Teams need to know now how the entry draft will work.

  8. A shot to the body that can jolt the neck/head region can cause head trauma even if it’s a slight one, but they add up. How about regulating the hundreds of cross checks that literally occur during the course of a game? We’ve seen guys take 6 or 7 whacks at players during scrums along the boards or in the crease and cause them to fall to the ice. They may seem innocuous but I don’t think they are and the reality is some are much harder than others. The refs just ignore the majority of them, IMO very strange, especially in the wake of concussion awareness today.

    1. I’d change the rule that allows a goal to be challenged for offsides. Hate having to wait it out, especially in situations where there is extended play in the zone before the goal — just doesn’t feel right.

  9. you forgot to mention the discussion on revenue and who’s picking in the top three of the draft to help boost those end of the year numbers.

  10. I propose that the coaches get 3 challenges for the whole year, to challenge the awful non existent penalty calls. If you are wrong you get a 5 min penalty. If right you don’t lose the challenge.

    Genius

  11. Melnyk’s gate receipts projected to be at a point(if they already weren’t last season) to where he qualifies for revenue sharing, so he has to write a 3 year business plan(which would jibe with his “spending close to the cap in 3 years” comments.)

    Besides, that’s a BOG concern, not the GMs.

  12. I wish they would get rid of the trapezoid. It serves no purpose in today’s game.

    It was fun for about 30 seconds while goalies got used to it. Now it just takes a risk/reward element out of the game.

    1. why, let the high tax states lower their taxes, that’s more fair to everyone to me!!!!!!

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