There were serious problems with NHL officiating this spring which may (or may not) have changed the outcome of pivotal games. The Vegas Golden Knights were victimized by a bad major penalty call which cost them the Round One series against San Jose, the Columbus Blue Jackets scored a goal against the Boston Bruins after the puck hit the protective netting but the whistle didn’t blow. So, the NHL is making big changes. Also in the daily links, a league-wide NHL trade rumor report and video analysis of three more Pittsburgh Penguins draft prospects.
Greetings from Vancouver where my body snapped awake at 3:55 a.m. and the “T” on my keyboard is requiring more pressure than I’d like to use while typing.
Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic dropped a week’s worth of NHL trade rumors as if he walked from draft table to table. (The Athletic)
Video review. Welcome to the societal confusion of the 21st century as we integrate technology and instant gratification into the human experience. Video review flaws were exposed in the 2019 NHL playoffs. So, the NHL is making an attempt to fix them. They swung for the fences (Sportsnet)
NHL referees will be able to review major penalty calls, but giving coaches unlimited challenges on a broad range of issues? Someone, please tell me why we have to wait for officials to stop the game, skate over to the penalty box and watch an Ipad? Cannot the league have a video review official to make the decisions faster? Allow on-ice officials to review major penalties. That won’t hurt the game but for everything else, let’s speed it up not slow it down.
Like throwing water on a grease fire.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now analyzed three names who could be available to the Penguins with the 21st pick Friday. Video review and analysis (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
PHN does hope to have more news on Edmonton Oiler forward Jesse Puljujarvi’s trade request today. Puljujarvi officially and publicly requested a trade (Sporting News)
It’s not hockey but who doesn’t want to see the Montreal Expos return? Are you going to miss Tampa? Brockmire certainly won’t. (TSN)
What next with the Philadelphia Flyers? It seems they’re not done on the trade market (Courier-Post)
The Boston Bruins are willing to trade their first-round pick, too (Boston Hockey Now)