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Caps GM McPhee thinks there’s not much the NHL needs to change

Mar 18, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

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Although the GMs discussed a number of changes during their recent meetings, such as removing the trapezoid and the potential return of the red line, ultimately there weren’t many alterations to the game agreed upon. Capitals GM George McPhee thinks that’s because, for the most part, the general managers are happy with where the game is today.

“Sometimes you get into this mindset that there are all these things to talk about,” McPhee said. “I’ve been going to these meetings for 15 years and at some point you have to go into these meetings and say, ‘You know what? The game’s in great shape. We don’t have to do much,’ and that’s what we experienced this year.”

McPhee was in on the smaller group meeting to discuss the red line, but he feels the NHL needs two-line passes.

“It adds more creativity and speed to the game,” he said.

McPhee also thinks that strict enforcement of the rules the NHL has adopted in recent years regarding blows to the head should lead to fewer concussions. It’s worth noting that the 30 fines and 38 suspensions that Brendan Shanahan has given this season is a roughly 50% increase compared to what Colin Campbell did back in 2005-06.

  1. wethog66 - Mar 19, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Its great that GMGM feels the NHL does not need to make changes to some of the current rules, but it is clear that Uncle Teddy and the Caps need to seriously consider making a change at the GM position.

  2. stevefromsacto - Mar 20, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Let’s see what happens in the playoffs first, Hog.

    Besides, with a nucleus of some of the best young defensemen in the game (Carlson, Alzner, Orlov), and three terrific young goalies, not to mention Ovechkin and Backstrom, I don’t think McPhee has done a bad job.

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