NHL To Change Offsides Rule For 2020-21

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The NHL will change the offsides rule for the 2020-21 season to facilitate official review, the 31 general managers discussed at the NHL GM Meetings in Boca Raton, Florida on Tuesday. This is the fourth straight year that this has been discussed there.

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the language of the rule would change to “having one skate in the air or breaking the plane is expected.” Right now, the rule says that at least one skate to be “in contact with, or on his own side of the line” for the player to be onside.

Since the coach’s challenge was implemented prior to the 2015-16 NHL seasons, the video reviews have put a microscope on the offside rule and plays where a skate is off the ice by a matter of millimeters.

The committee normally meets in June. If they all agree, the rule will be implemented for next season.

The GMs will discuss more about rule changes for next season and beyond as they will continue to meet throughout this week.

By Harrison Brown

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5 Responses to NHL To Change Offsides Rule For 2020-21

  1. Jerry says:

    My thought is that reviewing offsides AFTER a team scores is a big time waster and should not occur. If a player is offside it should be CALLED. If it is not called, then it is not offside. That’s how it should be. Officials miss a lot of calls during the games, and THOSE OTHER CALLS do not take goals off the board. So then, my view is CALL IT or forget it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, offside should be up to the ref at the moment. No reviews needed. No reason to put this under a microscope and slow the momentum of the game!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Any part of the skate touching the crease or in the crease is NO GOAL. Let’s protect the goalie. Stop running the goaltenders. Keep them healthy.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Yes refs/linemen calls on offsides should stand no review! And no skates/skate in the crease area ever no goal.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I agree no review. To many goals called back and delaying the game.

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