Boca Raton, FL, United States (4E Sports) – After the first day of NHL’s annual March meetings, the league’s 30 general managers did not discuss any major change in the game.
The four-hour meeting featured three breakout groups, each consisting of a panel of 10 general managers, with main topics revolving around potential changes to the current overtime format and possibility of expanding the scope of video review.
Also, implementing a coach’s challenge and an examination of goaltender interference, including the possibility of adding a video-review element, were also discussed.
The GMs will meet in full-group sessions Tuesday and Wednesday, but according to many, they will take a wait-and-see approach.
“With every rule you’ve got to be so careful,” Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill said. “It’s a great game. When you start making changes you think you’ve got all angles covered and something else seeps into it.”
“It’s a great game. It’s never been faster, it’s never been better or more competitive. We have to be careful every time we make a little tweak here and there,” Nill added.
New York Rangers GM Glen Sather also cautioned against changing too much after emerging from his breakout group.
“Since 2004 there have been a lot of changes in the game and we have to be careful you don’t change too much,” he said.
Colin Campbell, the League’s senior vice president of hockey operations, also referenced the aggressiveness with which the League has instituted change during the past decade in explaining the more cautious approach which appeared to dominate the first day of meetings here.
Video review, in all its forms and related issues, dominated much of the conversation Monday. Campbell believes it will continue to be at the forefront throughout the final two days of these meetings as well.
“Probably the overall issue that we have to come to grips with in the NHL, and in hockey operations, is where do we take video review and how far do we go with the technical advances we’re seeing out there on a daily basis?” Campbell said.