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Golden Knights Inspired Rule Change Expected To Get Another Tweak

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Remember that one time Eric Furlatt and Dan O’Halloran made up a major penalty and it cost the Golden Knights a series and potentially a shot at winning the Cup?

Well, the NHL still does too.

Following the incident we now refer to as #NotAMajor, the NHL installed a new rule that would prevent it from ever happening again. It materialized as Rule 20.6 in the NHL Rule Book.

On-Ice Video Review of Major Penalties – Referees shall review all plays that result in the assessment of any Major Penalty (other than a Major Penalty for Fighting) for the purpose of confirming (or modifying) their original call on the ice.

Under that rule, referees were only allowed two options after watching the video of the penalty. They could either confirm the call as a major penalty or reduce the original call to a minor penalty for the same infraction.

When this rule was first put in, it seemed peculiar because even with the new rule it still would have resulted in the Cody Eakin play being called incorrectly. The review would have clearly rescinded the major penalty, but Eakin would have headed to the box for 2 minutes on a cross-checking penalty that didn’t happen. (Eakin was also thrown out of the game for the play. This would have been rescinded as well.)

Even under the newer stricter cross-checking rules that were in place last season a shove off a faceoff would not be ruled a minor penalty.

Well, it appears after three years in place the rule is getting tweaked again, this time allowing for the correct call to be made on the ice every time.

There is something going and I believe the competition committee has already hear it. Now it’s going to the Board of Governors. Basically what it comes down to is there was a play this year where Nathan MacKinnon took a big hit from Taylor Hall and MacKinnon’s own stick bloodied his nose. They called Hall for a major penalty and they looked at the video and saw it was his own stick, but you can only take it down to two (minutes). Now they’ve suggested you can take it down to zero. –Elliotte Friedman on 32 Thoughts Podcast

I’d suspect this rule tweak will pass without much hesitation as it’s probably the way it should have been instituted in the first place. Nonetheless, next year, expect every major penalty to be reviewed with the option of the referees rescinding the call completely if necessary.

In other rules/video review related news, despite the coaching change, the Golden Knights will still have their secret weapon when it comes to coach’s challenges. Dave Rogowski, VGK’s video coach, will remain on staff in the same position under Bruce Cassidy.

Last year, Rogowski went a perfect five for five on challenges including four offside reviews and a goalie interference.

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20 Comments

  1. The hockey God

    “In other rules/video review related news, despite the coaching change, the Golden Knights will still have their secret weapon when it comes to coach’s challenges. Dave Rogowski, VGK’s video coach, will remain on staff in the same position under Bruce Cassidy.

    Last year, Rogowski went a perfect five for five on challenges including four offside reviews and a goalie interference.”

    Nice, he’s spot on, way to go Dave R , keep up the good work !

  2. The hockey God

    Board Comment award of the week, goes to

    drum roll

    tappity tap tap

    JEFF

    for his comment on the fluff piece (with absolutely no back up stats).

    “WHAT IS A WOMAN” !!

    maybe garnishing comment of the month, or year for that matter!

    pS

    in spirit of sports cheering LET’s GO Brandan !!

  3. THE hockey GOD

    Keegan Kolesar RW, Vegas Golden Knights
    kk
    Keegan Kolesar has filed for salary arbitration.

    Kolesar just completed a two-year, $1.45 million contract. He accounted for seven goals, 24 points, 68 penalty minutes, 94 shots and 246 hits in 77 games last season.
    Source: NHLPA

    Jul 17, 2022, 5:31 PM ET
    Vegas
    Sakari Manninen LW, Vegas Golden Knights
    Sakari Manninen has agreed to a one-year, $750,000 deal with the Vegas Golden Knights.

    Manninen has played the past three seasons for Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the KHL. He had 19 goals and 32 points in 38 matches last year. Manninen also played for Finland at the Winter Olympics and World Championship where he was a point-per-game player at both tournaments.
    Source: VegasGoldenKnights

    Jul 14, 2022, 5:09 PM ET
    Vegas
    Spencer Foo RW, Vegas Golden Knights
    Spencer Foo has signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Vegas Golden Knights.

    Foot has played for the Kunlun Red Star of the KHL for the past three seasons. He had 14 goals and 33 points in 48 matches last year. Foo also played for China at the Winter Olympics. Foo has two goals in four career NHL outings.

    • knights fan in minny

      koleslaw wants more money what for

      • LouDog777

        Luckily we don’t have to pay him for stupid penalties and missed high danger chances, he’d be in the 8 million plus category. If he wants to play enforcer, he needs to learn how to fight and learn when to pick his battles. Too many times last year his idiocy killed momentum in games.

        • A Fan

          Exactly LouDog777. I don’t understand why VGK keeps him. At best he should be on the HSK or trade him. He just isn’t very good. VGK can do better.

          • Thg, he sounds like a big guy–If he PLAYS BIG, we sorely need him. Soon. Hope he’ll be ready this year….

      • KFIM, I’ve never been impressed with Kolesar. When REAVO was traded, we got Kolesar, who ended up being pretty SOFT. I had expected more of an enforcer like Reavo was.
        I’ ve been underwhelmed by K’s play, Wish we still had the ” enforcer”. ( Reavo).. I think the team is missing that piece: a tough guy that makes other teams wary. Every team has that guy. We need one.

        • THE hockey GOD

          TS there is an enforcer VGY are bringing along in AHL

          Jermaine Loewen 54
          JERMAINE LOEWEN
          HENDERSON SILVER KNIGHTS
          Position: RW
          6-4 / 241lbs
          Shoots: L
          Birthdate: 1998-01-18
          Birth place: Mandeville, Jamaica
          NHL Draft:
          Dallas Stars
          Dallas Stars – Drafted: 2018, Round: 7 (#199)

          Henderson Silver Knights
          2021-22 Regular Season
          GP 44G 6A 8PTS 14PIM 84

          • Why do all 13 or 14 Black players in the NHL always get turned into…

            “Enforcers”

            Any blatant oozing racism amongst Hockey Heads? TRUMP Cult Members?

            Hmmmmmmm…

        • knights fan in minny

          keegan needs to show up more then ever this year

          • Daryl

            @Dylan
            So, the NHL, especially the what people in the NHL, turn black people into enforcers???

  4. Original 6✅

    Kfim. agree pass on him bring manninen. you can always send him down

    • THE hockey GOD

      o6 – per coGMGM ->” it takes time for a power forward to develop in NhL.”

  5. So you can/should just fire off a faceoff, having no intent of pursuing the puck, two-hand cross-check/jam your stick into the chest of an opponent, knocking him backwards?

    If nothing else, it’s dirty. Dangerous. Dumb.

    Eakin wasn’t very good, either.

    Get over it. That team wasn’t winning any Cup. Please.

    VGK is about to enter a prolonged period if irrelevance. For oh so many reasons.

    Oh well. Was fun for a few years there…

    • Daryl

      I believe he said it wasn’t illegal to push off someone in the chest. Maybe you should learn to read. And Eakin was one of the better PK players on the team. I see you either don’t know much about hockey or you didn’t actually watch much

      • the Hockey God

        “Dylan
        Why do all 13 or 14 Black players in the NHL always get turned into…

        “Enforcers”

        Any blatant oozing racism amongst Hockey Heads? TRUMP Cult Members?

        Hmmmmmmm…”

        Black players were in the league, and some enforcers, some not WELL before Trump and your idiotic , stupid statement came along. Get a life, LOSER , left wing hater, shit stirrer, POS.

  6. Dan

    Curious but want to comment on this one, what happens when another incident occurs that doesn’t blend with the current rules and we have another shit show that causes people to question rules and the officials, I feel that this is going to be continuous thing for our future, where, when and does it stop?

    • The league will never stop trying to improve the rules to make the game better. Not sure how or why this would be painted as a bad thing.

  7. I think this is a good call. The ref look at most questionable penalties, anyway..challenges included. The refs being able to nullify any penalty deemed NOT ONE AT ALL, is an important and fair tool. Gotta get it right!

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