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Buffalo Sabres, NHL Could See Changes on the Ice After GM Meetings

June 12th, 2014 at 11:05 AM
By Mike Matisz

Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray and the rest of the general managers are all meeting this week to discuss possible changes in the league to make the game better and to tweak previous changes. 

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One year after changing the icing rule from touch to a hybrid, the NHL is looking to make a few more tweaks to the game in an attempt to keep competition at a high level with minimal risk to player safety. 

This year, the meetings will have the following items on the docket:

  • Changing ends in overtime
  • Expanding goalie trapezoid
  • Cracking down on embellishment
  • Replay expansion
  • Coaches Challenges

Along with changing ends in overtime, the GMs are looking at new ways to play overtime to encourage wins before a shootout. Some ideas include reducing players on the ice during a full 20-minute period from five a side to three gradually or even just increasing the period length to 10 or 20 minutes. 

The reason the league is looking at cracking down on embellishment is because players are looking more to draw penalties than to play through contact. Part of this is also to ensure that players don't need to embellish if referees are calling the penalties outright.

There are going to be other topics discussed at the meetings including reports from committees around the league. The meeting took place in New York on Wednesday and The Board of Governors meets in New York on June 26. The Executive Board meets July 16-19 in Pebble Beach, Calif.

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