Brad Marchand thinks NHL should just 'get rid of video reviews'

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Gary Bettman confirms the NHL will look into expanding video review in the off season. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Gary Bettman confirms the NHL will look into expanding video review in the off season. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The Stanley Cup Playoffs have been littered with officiating controversy — mostly surrounding the hot topic of video replay.

In Gary Bettman’s annual press conference before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, the commissioner pointed to such a problem, stating that the league needs to look into video review this offseason.

He indicated that if anything, it might be expanded.

Bettman said that finding the right balance will be essential to maintaining the flow of the game.

“The ability to review and parse plays down to the millisecond has become both a blessing and a curse," Bettman said. "If we are to extend video replay, and we will be looking at that possibility, we must find the right balance when it comes to how much more to use and when to use it without affecting the flow, pace and excitement of our game.”

What do the players think about the problem? Brad Marchand suggested the NHL goes back to the old school days and eliminate video review in general.

If the league eliminated review, it would lessen the guesswork on certain reviewable plays, such as offsides and goalie interference, while not neglecting those those that aren’t, like hand passes... remember that notorious San Jose overtime winner?

But on one hand it doesn’t make any sense to have some calls reversible, and some not. But would eliminating all video review make the fans at home happy? Many Twitter warriors would still pause their TV screens to prove a play was offside, and argue endlessly about a goaltender interference play that went uncalled, so maybe reviewing everything would be the best way to ease the minds of many?

We know the technology is there, the advancements in video review have proved the ability to make the right call, so now we just need to have some consistency.

Your move, Gary.

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