TORONTO – At least one general manager won’t support the idea of a coach’s challenge on goal-related plays Tuesday at the NHL’s GM meeting in Toronto.
That would be Brian Burke, whose Toronto Maple Leafs benefitted from some blatant goaltender interference Oct. 26, when forward Colton Orr(notes) smacked into goaltender Scott Clemmensen(notes) while scoring the winning goal in a 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. The goal led to this proposal by Panthers GM Dale Tallon.
Yes, Orr should have been called for goaltender interference. Yes, the goal shouldn’t have counted. Burke readily concedes that. But he points out that the Leafs didn’t complain after a goal by forward Kris Versteeg(notes) was disallowed for a high stick Oct. 18 in a 2-1 overtime loss to the New York Islanders. Stuff happens. That’s life.
“I think this is just an unbelievable overreaction,” Burke said. “Why aren’t we raising the same fuss about Kris Versteeg’s goal? The league admitted to us it was a blown call.Read More »from 'Unbelievable overreaction': Burke