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NHL GM'S: TINKER, TINKER, TO PROTECT THEIR STARS?
Published February 5, 1998
At the conclusion of their three-day meetings in Scottsdale, AZ, NHL GMs recommended five rules changes for next season, according to Tim Tyers of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. The league also announced that a "stricter standard for calling obstruction and interference away from the puck will be used when the NHL resumes play after" the Winter Olympics. Some of the rules recommended for adoption include employing two referees and limiting the size of goalie equipment (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 2/5). In Toronto, David Shoalts reports that "the most interesting changes were among six possible rule changes that will be used on an experimental basis" in the AHL and IHL later this season, including the elimination of the red line, which would speed up play in the neutral zone by eliminating the two-line pass (GLOBE & MAIL, 2/5). The league "abandoned its idea for four quarters" (Bruce Garrioch, OTTAWA SUN, 2/5).