NEW YORK - The NHL competition committee met Monday and came away believing that video replay is not the answer to resolving the debate over what constitutes goalie interference.
"The underlying fundamental here is that if you are going to video review in a given area, there is the expectation of certainty, and it's just not there," said Mathieu Schneider, special advisor to the executive director of the NHL Players' Association.
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Goalie interference is a hot topic in the NHL because the New York Rangers believe officials missed a call that led to an important goal by Los Angeles' Dwight King in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
"I'm extremely disappointed on that call or non-call," said Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who said after the game that King didn't allow him to move to make the save. "They've got to be consistent with that rule. (It) changed the game … (The referees) just have to be better."
Schneider said the committee room was split on if King's goal should have been counted. Sometimes, that type of call is open to interpretation, even with review.
General managers will talk about the issue on Wednesday, but it didn't sound as if there was much of a consensus in the competition committee.
"Any game during the regular season, there are two broadcasts — the home broadcast and the visitor's broadcast — and on any controversial play, you have two different announcers and two different opinions, " Schneider said.
GMs have been looking at this intensely for four or five years.
"We will have more education this summer with video examples," said Colin Campbell, the NHL's executive vice president of hockey operations. "It's education meant for our players and referees on how to call goaltender interference."
The committee does have interest in a coach's video challenge for certain situations. It would work like an NFL challenge with coaches putting their one timeout at risk to make a challenge. If a team has no timeout, it can't challenge.
This could be used on offside calls on goals or whether a puck is shot over the glass.
"The type of things we are talking about on the coaches' challenge are things that we might be able to be certain on, but there will still be a ton of gray there," Schneider said.
The competition committee met for five hours. The group included players Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis Blues), Ron Hainsey (Carolina Hurricanes), Mike Cammalleri (Calgary Flames) and Daniel Winnik (Anaheim Ducks). Goalie Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils) participated by phone.
Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider is a member of the group, along with general managers David Poile (Nashville Predators), Peter Chiarelli (Boston Bruins), Ken Holland (Detroit Red Wings) and Don Maloney (Phoenix Coyotes).
What the competition committee did recommend:
-Players guilty of embellishment be issued a warning and then fined, with the possibility of also fining coaches and teams.
-Teams switch ends before the start of overtime so each team would have a longer trip to the bench for a line change, as happens during the second period. The hope is it will allow for more games to be decided in overtime rather than the shootout. A dry scrape of the ice would also be done before the overtime.
-Using International Ice Hockey Federation hash marks — five feet apart instead of three-and-half feet apart — to allow for more room. The hope is to cut down on the number of scrums. The marks would be tried first during the preseason.
-Expanding the trapezoid by four feet to give goaltenders more room to play the puck.
The league also asked players to consider outlawing the spin-o-rama in shootouts.
Before any rule change is passed, it has to be recommended by the general managers and the players and then approved by the NHL's board of governors.