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.
After 3 years of discussions, it appears the NHL will amend the offside rule. Skate in the air…or breaking the plane is expected to be part of the change.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 3, 2020
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