NHL players discuss their least-favorite rules

The Associated Press and Canadian Press asked NHLPA player representatives from all 31 NHL teams what they see as being the worst rule in hockey. Selected responses:

''I don't know about the challenge on offside. I don't know if you should take it away or not. Maybe a whistle gets blown sometimes a little too quickly. I understand why the ref or linesman might do it, to protect themselves if there's a tough call. And the linesmen, they're the best in the world, I think we should trust they can make the call and let them do it. Let them make the decision like it was before. I don't know if I'm totally against it, but I think that's one we can look into.'' - MIKAEL BACKLUND, Calgary Flames

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''Offside reviews. Let the refs do their job. If they miss an offside it's never by much, and shouldn't be the difference maker in why the team ends up scoring.'' - JONATHAN TOEWS, Chicago Blackhawks

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''Diving. I think if you dive, the other person should not get a penalty because you dove. I feel like it shouldn't be a tripping call and a diving call. I think it should just be a diving call. I mean, there's no point. The guy dove, he dove. He embellished. So I think that's the worst call.'' - ZACH BOGOSIAN, Buffalo Sabres

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''The over the glass delay of game penalty. I can't stand that one. Can't make it a discretion call because it would open a can of worms, but I don't know many guys who intentionally shoot the puck over the glass to get a whistle, so that one drives me crazy.'' - CORY SCHNEIDER, New Jersey Devils

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''I think one of the ones I don't like is not being able to waste your timeout on an icing. I think 'Why not?' If you want to waste your timeout for an icing, you only get one per game. If that's how you tactically want to use it, why not? I think it just came in last year maybe. If they want to waste their timeout there, let them.'' - JASON DICKINSON, Dallas Stars

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