NHL GMs Mull Rules Changes
Jun. 15, 1999
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ One of the biggest controversies in the NHL during this season has been the man-in-the crease rule and the video replay that usually accompanies an infraction.
The sentiment among general managers is to change it.
That was one of the topics discussed Tuesday by GMs attending the Stanley Cup finals.
``There's a feeling we have to make adjustments,'' Florida Panthers GM Bryan Murray said. ``This time, more so than in the past, there's a feeling we have to change it.''
Players have expressed unhappiness with the rule that disallows a goal if any one from the offensive team has a part of his body in the goalie's crease, even if it doesn't have an impact on the play.
The league is unhappy with the time spent reviewing goals on video, which it feels takes away the spontaniety for fans. A recent league survey showed that it took an average 93 seconds to make video review.
Colin Campbell, vice president in charge of hockey operations for the NHL, said the league was interested in shortening games. During the five-hour session prior to Tuesday night's Game 4, the GMs also talked about using a ``hurry-up'' faceoff and ``hurry-up'' line changes to speed the game.
Other topics included the schedule for 1999-2000, which is in the air right now because of the bankrupt Pittsburgh Penguins' situation. The league has said it would make up three schedules depending on whether the Penguins stay in town, move or fold.
The GMs also looked at the recent experiment by the American Hockey League of using four players instead of five in overtime in an attempt to open the game and cut down on ties.
Campbell said the AHL games were brought to a conclusion ``65 percent of the time'' and at least a couple of GMs seem to favor it.
The GMs made no recommendations, but said they would continue the discussion next week when the board of governors meets.