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Preds goalie says NHL should ‘definitely’ have coach’s challenges

Feb 19, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT


In the wake of Matt Duchene’s egregious offside goal from Colorado’s 6-5 win over Nashville on Monday, the discussion of implementing coach’s challenges in the NHL has fired up again.

Not surprisingly, the goalie victimized on Duchene’s tally says hockey could use them.

“I think it would be a great element to have in this game,” Nashville netminder Chris Mason told Sportnet. “We have the video as they do in football. The reality is that people make mistakes. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you have the ability to challenge it and use your timeout as leverage or something like that, I don’t see why you wouldn’t [have challenges].

“I’ve said it before, I definitely think it should be in the game of hockey.”

Of the four major professional sports in North America, only the NFL has implemented coach’s challenges.

But that doesn’t mean others have stayed stagnant when it comes to video replay.

In 2008, Major League Baseball implemented instant replay for fair/foul balls, whether the ball actually left the playing field and balls subjected to spectator interference. In 2014, it’s expected that MLB will expand its replay system.

In 2012, the NBA decided to further expand on its instant replay practices — adding three additional uses — building on rules originally put in place for the 2002-03 season (the league also made some additional rules regarding replay in 2010.)

Mason thinks adding some sort of replay/challenge system would allow for the correction of egregious missed calls, like the one on Monday.

“I can accept mistakes, but it’s tough when it’s that blatant,” he explained. “It’s not like it was a close call or could’ve gone either way.

“He was like eight feet offsides.”

  1. chicagobtech - Feb 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Frankly, the NFL should be adopting the NHL’s style of replay. Forget this nonsense of replay booths and the “voting booth” setup on the field. Send the video feeds to the NFL’s headquarters.

  2. 950003cups - Feb 19, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    The only good way an offsides challenge would work, is if the player who was offsides is the shooter and had not passed the puck in that zone, aka a breakaway or a two on one.
    The problem with any other offside challenges would be if the puck is brought in the zone, and after over a minute of play a goal is scored. Then the coach could go back and negate the entire play. An NHL coach cant blow a play dead from the bench. Its not like the NFL where a play goes dead after a TD, a player goes out of bounds, or he is tackled. In tennis, if a player continues play on a ball he/she felt was out then they surrender any challenge ability.

    The NHL would have to be creative on this to work, but there is a way I’m sure with where a coach can only challenge within 4 seconds (etc…) of the player going in to the zone.

    Or some sort of penalization if the coach is wrong by either making it where the team would lose their Timeout orrrrrrrrrr perhaps……… a 2 Minute Minor????????

    • 950003cups - Feb 19, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      You get 2 challenges in regulation, none in regular season OT, and one in a postseason OT… If the coach is wrong the 2nd time he gets a “3 minute Bench Minor”

    • thailer35 - Feb 19, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Love the idea of a two minute minor. Delay of game, if you will.

  3. 950003cups - Feb 19, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    First Challenge loss is a 2 Min Bench Minor, 2nd wrong challenge maybe a Double 2 Min Bench Minor? Or a “3 Min Bench Minor”? The PP time can carry over in to OT.

  4. billsin20xx - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    No way you can have replay in this league other than what they have now on goals.
    Where would they stop at making rulings? A player interfering on the far side, a slash at the blue line, etc.?
    The only thing I think they should expand replay to is too many men on the ice, that would be an easy, cut and dried call.

  5. taylorgang24 - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Replay should be available in every sport not to remedy every officiating error, but just the mistakes that are easily correctable and crucial to the game’s outcome. Not doing this is pathetic and shows the unwillingness of leagues to evolve and change. The NFL constantly evolves, that’s why it pulls in 10 billion a year. The other sports don’t, that’s why they’re locked out and can’t garner the same following.

  6. blindseerjb - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    They need to add in challenges or additional replays for goals like this one, for any time when a player is flat on their face on the ice, or the times when there are obvious mistakes. They also need to get rid of the “Intent to blow the whistle” rule.

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