It’s not a coach’s challenge, but the NHL’s general managers have discussed one way to handle blown goalie interference calls during games: Allowing on-ice officials to use monitors inside the penalty boxes to determine the validity of goals onl interference plays they whistle.
There are, of course, questions about how in the name of Tim Peel any of this would work.
“Do we blend it into a coach’s challenge? Do we keep the coach’s challenge out of it? Is every one reviewed? Does a referee use a monitor in the penalty box instead of gong to Toronto and having them see it?” asked St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong, after Tuesday’s GM meetings session in Boca Raton, Fla. “It was great dialogue, and there was really no consensus coming out of it. It’s something we need to continue to explore.”
There was no formal proposal on this idea or any ideas surrounded expanded replay, as least not yet. But there was general consensus that the NHL’s “war room” should broaden its scope in reviewing goals that should or shouldn’t count in a variety of situations.
Case in point: That Detroit Red Wings’ goal against the Los Angeles Kings that was scored after the puck bounced off the protective netting.
“I think the general managers were strongly of the view that the Toronto situation room be given a little more latitude in ruling good goals versus not goals in particular the Los Angeles-Detroit situation we had, where it was clear on video review that the puck hit the netting but nobody was able to really inform the on-ice officials,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.
“The managers feel something that is egregious and obvious like that, there should be some latitude to make those calls and get the call right.”
Right now, it’s just a discussion.
“I think the recommendation coming out of the breakout group was test it during the preseason, so that is where we may end up, but I couldn’t conclude that on the basis of today’s meeting,” said Daly. “It folds in a little with the coach’s challenge which at this point is going to be discussed again, but there was no formal direction or recommendation on coach’s challenge. Maybe this lives independently of a coach’s challenge, maybe it folds into a coach’s challenge at some point in time.”
But the bottom line: The NHL’s GMs are looking for ways to ensure that goals aren’t wiped away by botched, or misapplied, goalie interference calls.
With reporting by Nick Cotsonika/Yahoo Sports.