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GMs to consider a “re-set” for obstruction rules

May 29, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

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Tomorrow in New York City, NHL general managers will reportedly debate whether the league needs to “re-set” the standard for obstruction.

While the NHL has repeatedly denied that the standard has changed since the clampdown that followed the lockout, many observers feel that clutching, grabbing, hooking and other forms of obstruction have crept back into the game.

Some even believe the league unofficially endorsed a relaxed rulebook in order to slow the game down and reduce injuries, particularly concussions.

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the GMs will discuss meeting in August to address the issue.

We’ll see if any general managers speak to reporters tomorrow about obstruction. Vancouver’s Mike Gillis and Chicago’s Stan Bowman have each said they’ll keep building their teams with an eye towards offense, so it would be interesting to get their takes.

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  1. jimw81 - May 29, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    how can you “re-set” obstruction? Does the GM’s know they have a figgin rulebook for it? Just clearly define what is obstruction and CALL WHAT IS WRITTEN IN THE RULEBOOK.

    • claysbar - May 30, 2012 at 3:23 AM

      Consistently, beginning to end of game, beginning to end of season

  2. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 29, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Thats why the communist team from norf jersey is in the final they have taken obstruction and put it in the forecheck end where it is less likely to be called instead of their own end where it is more apt to be called but not anymore !

    • underthefish - May 30, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      First off: Communist team? What?

      Secondly, are you saying that an aggressive forecheck is obstruction? There’s just no pleasing some people. Play defensively they complain. Play offensively they complain.

      Worst in the league? They should move to Quebec.
      Best in the league? They should still move to Quebec.

      Some people, I tell ya

  3. quonce - May 29, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    You want cheese with that wine, eiggles?

    Claude Giroux called, he wants his rep back.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 29, 2012 at 6:49 PM

      Just keep reading my material and you will be smarter for it !

  4. jimw81 - May 29, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Eiggles is right. Jersey got away with alot of picks in rounds 1-3. They got lucky league didn’t catch on to it until now. But seriously, just call what’s in rulebook and flow of game after lockout will comeback.

  5. bcjim - May 29, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Great, the Capitals took 2 years to figure out how to play the obstructionist game. Now its back to wide open.

    Better resign Semin, stat!

    • jimw81 - May 29, 2012 at 11:36 PM

      What about Mike “Mr.Norris Trophy” Green?

  6. wicky888 - May 30, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    As if refs aren’t confused enough already. They can’t even handle the blatent penalties. So you want to re-set the rules of obstruction (again)? Obstruction is like holding in football, it happens on every play, to some extent. The officials pick and choose when to call it. It differs from ref to ref, team to team, player to player, month to month, and year to year. There is no clear defined line and the game is very fast. Stop confusing everybody. Either allow it or don’t, there is no middle ground.

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