much for the big crackdown or rule changes or whatever you want to call the
NHLís futile attempt at better officiating. It seems all the referees need to
attend hockey school all over again! Is it just me or should the officials be
called for too many men on the ice? They canít seem to get it right, again!
earth happened over at head office? The game had opened up as a result of the
calls being made. Now all of a sudden the referees have grown quiet. Or is the
NHL just trying to save money on pucks and whistles?
shouldnít really be surprised over this. Iíve been saying Iíll believe it when I
see it since the announcement of the crackdown was first made. When the NHL
actually went through with it, I said it wouldnít last. I canít say I was the
only one, because I know everyone was waiting until the officials decided to put
their whistles away and let the boys play.
now itís back to the drawing board for Andy Van Hellemond and company. Clearly
to me there is something going on at NHL Headquarters or Mick ďMr. MagooĒ
McGeough is working overtime (no pun intended).
point: A missed tripping call turns into a charging call in overtime. The
ensuing power play results in the winning goal. Whereís the justice?
notice the referees seem to kick teams when theyíre down? Iíve watched two games
now where the score was astronomical, yet the referees continue to call
penalties against the teams who are on the short end of the score. Of course,
this results in an expanded score by the end of the power play.
flip side of this, a team can be up by a single goal and then all of a sudden
thereís a questionable power play for the opposing team. Next thing you know the
score is tied and weíre either headed for overtime or the team that scored now
has momentum on their side. To me itís too much empowerment on the refereesí
parts. Donít decide a game, officiate it!
league called for ďZero ToleranceĒ for most obstruction interference plays and
for unsportsmanlike conduct infractions like diving and talking back to the ref,
yet players are calling the calls (or non-calls) a joke.
referees on the ice they canít even decide if a goal is good without calling
upstairs. Earth to the refs: Open your eyes! Iíve seen a referee (no names
mentioned) stand behind the net and still review a goal with video replay.
whatever happened to holding the referees accountable by e-mailing a play they
missed or by what was referred to as ďdrastic measures to be takenĒ?
done ranting and raving. I could go on and on but it wonít accomplish anything
more than showing I have a hot head, which most of you knew already. We all knew
this would happen so we canít say weíre surprised. I do, however, have two
simple solutions should the league choose to entertain suggestions:
rid of the second referee, and donít let me hear any more hogwash about the need
for the extra body. They couldnít get it together with one and they canít get it
together with two. With 30 teams, all the extra payroll could be spent better
elsewhere. For god sakes, there are two linesmen, let them blow the whistle once
the video goal judge into the penalty box so the referee can review the play
himself. I think this one is pretty much self-explanatory.
me, Iíve picked on our friend Mr. Bettman enough of late, so Iíll leave all of
this in his and the leagueís capable hands. Hereís hoping they can get the
officiating right in time for the playoffs, but Iíll tell you what, Iím not
holding my breath!
frankly, there are more pressing issues to address, something Iíll address next
time around. In the meantime, keep those pucks out of the snow and watch out for