Morning Free Association: December 29

It’s nearly the end of the year. Seriously, two days left and it cannot end soon enough.

(Please great Reaper, can we have a moratorium on death, now? Speaking as someone whom you had toyed with a couple of times this year (the Mack truck, the tumble down the driveway and then the stairs a week later, the Columbus Plague that lasted for 5 weeks with no sign of relief), CAN YOU PLEASE JUST STOP!?!)

Anyway, hockey stuff:

In his column yesterday, Ryan Lambert posted among other things an examination of the Coach’s Challenge from the start of the season through the Christmas break. The tweet he used is embedded below:

It seems that the Bruins are not alone in having multiple goals overturned by the challenge; the Canucks and Panthers have had 1 and 2 more respectively taken away. That Pastrnak OT goal that was taken away falls into the Situation Room Initiated challenges. Lucky for us, the subsequent Spooner goal that also was challenged, this time by Therrien, was good.

Anyway, Lamberts point is that while it’s great that the league wants to get things right, they are making the game harder to watch and enjoy by taking away goals. Basically, let ’em play and let’s make this game fun again. That would be great, wouldn’t it?

I could get into the point that there were supposed to be more cameras for more angles for these challenges, but that’s for another time.

In possibly lighter news: Down Goes Brown had the dumbest controversies of this calendar year of 2016. For those who lack time for reading, I will list them for you in a handy poll:

Which was the dumbest NHL controversy this year?

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This is my last MFA for the year. I hope you all have a happy and safe New Year’s celebration and I’ll see you on the other side.

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