NHL GMs to meet; overtime, video review on agenda

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 10, 2014 at 5:27 pm •  Published: March 10, 2014
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BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — NHL general managers spent the first day of their three-day meetings discussing overtime and shootouts, expanded video reviews and goalie interference.

The opening session Monday featured three breakout groups of 10 general managers, with each group assigned particular topics.

There appears to be some concern that too many games are being decided in shootouts instead of during the flow of play. Of the 135 of 963 games played through last Saturday, 14 percent were decided in a shootout. And 40 percent that went to overtime were decided in a shootout.

Among the suggested changes being discussed are a 3-on-3 element instead of four skaters apiece in the extra 5-minute session; extending the overtime; or requiring teams to switch ends of the ice, creating a longer change on line changes.

But there doesn't seem to be a strong consensus toward any particular direction — or even if overtime needs to be changed.

Colin Campbell, the NHL executive vice president and director of hockey operations, viewed the overtime issue as both an official and a hockey fan.

"I think what the challenge is to maybe not have as many shootouts," Campbell said. "A lot of people in the game would rather see the game decided (not) in a skills contest.

"I would, too, but I'm the last one to leave the room when they're doing the shootout. I like watching to see what's going to happen. So I'm kind of torn in that direction."

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