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GMs to recommend subtle changes to faceoffs

Mar 11, 2014, 4:47 PM EDT

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We noted yesterday that three-on-three overtime failed to gain traction at the general managers’ meetings in Florida. Instead, it appears the GMs will recommend to the competition committee that, starting next season, teams switch ends prior to overtime, thus creating longer changes and, theoretically, more scoring opportunities and fewer shootouts.

But that’s not the only recommendation that could emerge from these meetings.

From the Canadian Press:

Faceoffs could look much different, with GMs agreeing to try making centres who violate rules move 12-to-18 inches back instead of being kicked out of the circle.

A second violation would remain a two-minute minor penalty.

Another recommendation on faceoffs involves players on the outside of the circle being separated by roughly one metre instead of right next to each other.

The idea was originally proposed by Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues, and it quickly gained support.

Per, Armstrong said the increased separation of players before faceoffs “allows the quicker player to to get to the puck and generate scoring chances.”

As for the recommendation to move players back on faceoff violations, that’s presumably intended to stop teams from sending wingers into faceoffs to intentionally get kicked out, which typically occurs after icing calls when a team is tired and wants as long a delay as possible to rest.

  1. sjsharks66 - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Next to the rules about not being able to take your helmet off to fight. This is the stupidest thing I have read…

    • thailer35 - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      Totally disagree. It should make it tougher on a team that violates a rule, especially if normally they would have a second guy who made a pretty good alternate. Teams with two guys who can draw competetively on the same line could just send one guy in to take a chance and if he gets tossed, who cares, they could rely on the second guy. Now, the center is just at a one foot disadvantage.

    • pfhockey - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      Not to mention tucking the jersey.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Trapezoid rule for goalies is pretty dumb too.

  2. terrier92 - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    I have a novel idea Have the linesman drop the damm puck . These guys over regulate every darn face off . They get more camera time than Pierre McGuire. Drives me bonkers when at game

  3. sjsharks66 - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Why punish a team just because they have 2 people that are good at face offs? Maybe the other team should have their wingers practice them more. Instead of making up stupid rules to punish players for being too good at face offs. You can’t just keep changing rules because other people are better at certain things.

    • thailer35 - Mar 11, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      The point is you aren’t punishing the team then for breaking the rule. Ifyou got pulled over for speeding and the cop said your friend who is in the passenger seat has to drive now instead of a ticket, what would stop you from speeding?

      • dueman - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:00 PM

        Stupid comparison.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        why should teams smart enough to have multiple guys who can take faceoffs be punished for building their rosters well? If you lack faceoff guys, teams should draft, sign or trade for more.

  4. sjsharks66 - Mar 11, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    I guess it would depend on how well of a driver my passenger was.

    • jennettalia - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      Obligatory Heatley reference

      • shortsxit34 - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:02 PM


  5. jernster21 - Mar 11, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    How about enforcing the rules that actually already exist? The faceoff circles already have hash marks – the refs allow the players to line up right next to each other instead of at the hash marks so moving them further apart isn’t going to change anything.

    • shortsxit34 - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      This. This. This. There is literally not a single portion of face-off procedures that is followed. Every single one of these issues is already found in the rulebook. They choose not to enforce them.Things aren’t working, so rather than play by the rules, they just change them

  6. jpat2424 - Mar 11, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Enough with these rule changes

  7. dueman - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    As if the zebras don’t already have many ways to influence the game, let’s now let them choose which team is allowed to win face-offs!

  8. shwatson - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    It’s great when these Yahoos get together and try to fix things that aren’t broke.

  9. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    I just wish the NHL would stop getting their refs from the same place as the WWE.

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