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NHL linesmen and refs will attend mini-camp

Jan 8, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

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Teams and players don’t have a lot of time to get ready for the start of the shortened campaign, but they aren’t the only ones that need to get up to speed.

NHL referees and linesmen are also about to get back to work and with that in mind, they’ll attend a two-day camp in Toronto on Jan. 16-17, according to the Star Tribune.

The details of the camp aren’t known, but the pre-lockout debate about obstruction penalties is one subject that’s likely to come up.

On Aug. 21-22, the NHL held a mini-summit for players, GMs, coaches, officials, and members of the league’s hockey operations to discuss the standard for obstruction penalties.

General Managers had expressed concerns that the league had lowered its standard when it came to punishing interference, hooking and holding. At the same time, both power-play opportunities and scoring have declined in recent years.

It should be interesting to see if either of those trends are reversed this season.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    If they call games like they did right after the last lockout there’s going to be more powerplays than even strength time for sure. Everyone else, don’t you dare even look at Crosby, it’ll be two minutes.

  2. rainyday56 - Jan 9, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    48 game season? Better believe every game will be “managed” NBA-style. The most critical games will be called directly from the commisioner’s office. Brace yourself for some sketchy, sketchy calls.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      I think the interference, obstruction, and cheap shots that have been allowed to creep back into the league are the only things that are sketchy. Last year was ridiculous.

      Now you can offer that inteference is the only way to slow guys down in todays game because two line passes are now allowed. BUT

      1.) Maintaining a decent gap when playing defense is different than paying no attantion to the puck and playing the man until he is out of the play.

      2.) The slashing to the hands of any player within 10 feet of the net is garage league type stuff.

      3.) The hooking and holding is something any bush league player can perfect. If a player gets beat and he hooks or holds a guy, the penalty has to be called.

      The majority of people pay good money to watch the most skilled, hardest working guys on the planet do things that the averge hockey player couldn’t. Don’t confuse sketchy calls with legit penalties.

  3. watermelon1 - Jan 9, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    The reason scoring has declined is because the NHL mandated that nothing be called against people who foul Ovechkin.

    The guy gets molested constantly and nothing is called. Then he hits someone too hard and he gets sent to the box.

    • wingsdjy - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      He doesn’t get penalties for hitting too hard, he gets them for jumping every time he goes for a big hit.

    • valoisvipers - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      Sour grapes turning to whine watermelon1. Ovi deserves the calls against him as he likes to run at people and Ovi doesn’t skate hard enough to draw the calls against him anymore. Everyone knows Ovi’s move and he is yet to prove he is no more than a one trick pony.
      There is one thing we can all agree on is that Ovi looks like Darwins “Missing Link”.

  4. barkar942 - Jan 9, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    What needs to come out of the game is the type of obstruction that Elias put on Girardi in the following video.

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