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Devs GM Lamoriello dislikes hybrid icing: ‘It’s another judgement call’

Jun 21, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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Count New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello among those not on board with hybrid icing.

“I don’t like the idea that it’s another judgment call [for officials] when we’ve had something exact,” he told Tom Gulitti of “I do know that we all have to look at safety, but I think that our players have learned how to turn and not turn and we can solve the whole problem by taking the trapezoid out and making it a lot easier.

“I just don’t like the idea that it’s another judgment call.”

Hybrid icing — a mixture of touch and no-touch icing that’s reliant on the linesmen’s discretion — will be implemented on a trial basis for the 2013-14 NHL preseason.

During this week’s GM meetings, a decision was made for the NHL and NHLPA to vote at the end of the exhibition campaign to see if they want to implement it for the regular season as well.

“There’s different types of the hybrid icing that have been used in different leagues, so we’re still going to hammer some of those details out,” NHLPA special assistant Mathieu Schneider said. “But essentially it’s meant to eliminate guys going full speed into the end boards.

“If it makes the game safer, it’s a great thing.”

Lamoriello said he and the Devils organization will keep a close eye on the preseason test period.

“The trial basis, I’m not a fan of the hybrid icing, but we’ll watch it,” he said. “I don’t’ think you turn your head on anything. We’ll just see how it goes.”

  1. valarmorghuliss - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    A race to the puck is still a judgement call on who touches it first. It’s been called wrong in the past and he calls it “something we have exact”?

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      It’s not a judgment call if it’s called wrong. The player requires the icing team to touch the puck first to negate that to happen, if the lineman misses it, it’s a wrong call, not an error in judgment.

  2. btlpper68 - Jun 21, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Pierre McGuire just got prett pissed off

  3. LampyB - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Valar, frequency in getting the call wrong now will be drastically less than a hybrid judgement call by a ref. i’m all for safety, but i cant stand refs having more power to screw things up. Which is definitely going to happen in the playoffs next yr if it goes through. Icing is a very frequent call, if it happened once in a while like intentional delay of game i could see giving the hybrid rule being helpful.

  4. sabatimus - Jun 21, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    A judgment call? You mean, what the refs do 90% of the time anyway? If Lamoriello is indicting the refs, get better refs.

  5. anthonyverna - Jun 21, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    I don’t know if I like no-touch icing, but if the NHL is concerned about safety, why not just implement it? The league had no problem implementing the trapezoid.

  6. pone27 - Jun 21, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    I agree with Lou. Dump the trapezoid, it’s absurd.

    I’m honestly a fan of the hybrid icing. Key thing is you need HIGHLY KNOWLEDGEABLE linesman to make the call.

    I personally don’t think pre-season is enough nor the right time to decide whether to implement it.

    I sound contradicting so to sum it up:

    Maintain icing now, ditch the trapezoid. Go hybrid, train the refs right.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      So the NHL doesn’t have the best referees and linesmen? Really?

  7. tdrusher225 - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    He makes a good point on the trapezoid, it is ridiculous and pointless. Whoever they’re trying to protect with that dumb rule, it is being outweighed by the unneeded danger situations that defensemen are being put in. Stupid rule. Trash it.

  8. lateralous - Jun 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    While I agree that the trapezoid has to go, it really only helps you with the icings if you have a Marty Brodeur back there handling the puck like a 3rd defenseman. Most teams don’t have that and unfortunately, pretty soon neither will Lou.

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