NHL general managers have come up with some good ideas through the years, like delayed offsides and clearing the zone.
They’ve also had bad ideas, such as following the faulty lead of other sports and implementing video reviews. They’re now talking about how best to streamline video reviews, plus they’re looking at some other potential rules that could change hockey.
During their blue-sky meetings, some general managers wondered if it would be helpful to award three points to any team winning in regulation time, two points for winning in overtime or shootouts and one point for losing after regulation time. Old-school GMs like Lou Lamoriello still insist that winners should get two points, losers get zero points.
Another potential rule change would prohibit players from diving to block shots. Ergo, there would be fewer blocked shots and more goals. Good idea. Trying to generate more offensive opportunities there was some discussion about eliminating the corner faceoffs in favour of having one faceoff spot in front of the net. Let’s speak for the endangered, puck-dropping linesmen on this one: No!