The offside rule and video review of offsides has been a point of contention for a long time in the NHL. Sunday night could start the process required to modify these rules.
“The competition committee will meet [Sunday] night,” said Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos. “Hot-button topics, of course one’s going to be the offside, the video review. The conversation can range from eliminating it altogether to changing the way you challenge it.”
The NHL’s offside review process has received much (mostly justified) criticism. The current review process has directly impacted scoring and even the outcome of some games, not to mention, brought games to a screeching halt, even in the playoffs.
A CAPITAL’S VOICE
As originally reported by Sportsnet’s Elliot Friedman on May 27th, Ken Hitchcock and Barry Trotz are new members of the competition committee, representing the coaches. We’re fairly confident coach Trotz will have something to say on the matter.
A MATTER OF PROTOCOL
Any recommendations developed by the competition committee are next forwarded for a vote by the league’s general managers. Should the general managers approve any/all of the recommendations, proposals are then delivered to the league’s board of governors for final vote, typically held at the end of June.
By Jon Sorensen