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NHL GMs Consider Extending Overtime Period To Cut Down Need For Shootouts
Published November 13, 2013
OTHER TOPICS UP FOR DEBATE: ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun noted the GMs also held a "discussion on fighting, but certainly nothing was decided Tuesday other than to talk about it again in March" during the league's three-day GMs meeting. There was talk about goalie fights, and NHL Senior Exec VP/Hockey Operations Colin Campbell confirmed the issue "will come up again" at the next GMs meeting. Some GMs still were "unclear on how the playoff format worked under the NHL's new alignment, and the league's hockey operations department cleared that up for them." NHL Dir of Officiating Stephen Walkom also presented a "hybrid icing report, as some GMs have been grumbling this season about how the new rule has been working" (ESPN.com, 11/12).
LOCKER ROOM TALK: The GLOBE & MAIL's Eric Duhatschek notes in light of the Dolphins' bullying scandal, NHL GMs were told by league officials yesterday to "remind their own players about what behaviour will and will not be tolerated in dressing rooms." Hazing rituals long had been a "regular part of NHL locker-room culture," but Lightning VP & GM Steve Yzerman said that the era "has long since passed" (GLOBE & MAIL, 11/13). Flames President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke said, "We've never allowed hazing on any of my teams. ... No rookie initiations, no shaving, no physical abuse whatsoever." He added, "One of the forms of abuse is to make the rookies (shell out) a huge tab for a rookie dinner, where it costs them 15 to 20 grand. We have a cap of $5,000 on the rookie dinner. No rookie can pay more than $5,000. There's no physical abuse, no racial abuse, no homophobic abuse. So I'm not worried about having that situation on our team" (TORONTO SUN, 11/13). THE HOCKEY NEWS' Adam Proteau wrote "bravo" to Burke for "making clear his no-hazing policy." However, the core culture "of any team's dressing room won't be proper unless the players within that room uphold expectations of common decency" (THEHOCKEYNEWS.com, 11/12).