Morning Free Association: March 8 – NHL GM meeting week

Today is the third of three days that NHL GMs will meet, discussing the rules of the game. This includes, for the first time, Las Vegas Golden Knights’ George McPhee. 31 GMs have gathered in lovely Boca Raton to confer.

Well, perhaps it actually is 30 after all.

Still, it’s the big kahunas hob-nobbing about! Just imagine the sophisticated musings no doubt being perused by these puck-potentates! “It’s almost like a think tank,” New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero said. He then stared straight ahead slack-jawed for 20 seconds*

*This may or may not have happened.

What were they discussing? “Looking at ways to take away elements of defense in order to fuel more offense.”

Errr…. that sounds stupid. But it seems that they are brainstorming all kinds of ideas to make the game more interesting. I guess that’s a good thing. Granted, I generally enjoy hockey as it works today. (I AM writing an article on a hockey blog right now, after all). Naturally they talked about making nets bigger and such, but some more interesting ideas have come up. Canucks GM Brad Treliving talked about Bob Gainey’s proposal from several years ago about preventing players from dropping to the ice to block shots. I find this idea intriguing.

intriguing!

They talked about changing the victory points system from today’s Win-OTWin-OTL 2-2-1 system to a 3-2-1 system.

Fascinating!

They talked about putting a faceoff dot in the slot.

WUT?

WUT?

Of course, this is spit-balling. As far as short term stuff is concerned, they have apparently come to consensus on the offside rule.

Yeah. The skate blade on the ice thing. It’s stupid, and probably would have resulted in an additional 9 or 10 goals out of 6400 per year. One GM expressed concern that players would purposely hold a skate in the air to stay onside, risking additional skate blade injuries.

What I haven’t heard is discussion of the Coaches’ Challenge rule. Said the Stars’ Jim Nill, “I think the consensus is it works well…I think overall I think everybody likes the way the coach’s challenge has worked.”

Ha ha.

Bitch slap

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Sorry, been fucking off all day. Knucklehead explanation below. (I had one job!!!)

Satan 81's Sister
Editor

My boss really sucks at Haikus. Email I got after trying to schedule a meeting with a client:

Don’t want
To schedule
On that day. It is my
Birthday. I should block it

phonymahoney
Editor

Haikus usually
Stick to five, seven, and five.
Good job, good effort?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

If you can’t haiku
Do whatever you CAN do
and, Hey Boss – FUCK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Alright, pack it up. We have a winner.

phonymahoney
Editor

Joe is good at this
Hidden talent for years now?
Thought it was just booze.

Satan 81's Sister
Editor

Bonus points for rhyming!

phonymahoney
Editor

Hey pals!

  • Semi-busy morning because I am, of course, shorthanded. One day they’ll let me get rid of this girl and find someone who isn’t habitually unreliable.
  • The NHL needs a three point system, or needs to give you NOTHING for an overtime loss. Why? BECAUSE YOU FUCKING LOST, YOU LOSERS! SUCK IT UP!
  • Playoff college hockey this weekend! BU vs Northeastern. Woo!
  • I’m considering not moving until I’m forced to. The search isn’t going great, I’m in an awesome location, I just have questionable people living with and around me. I don’t know.
  • HNA took registration for the Boston spring session off their site. Maybe it’s full? I emailed them and have heard nothing. Hmm.
  • the german hammer
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    I don’t have a problem with the loser point/ current OT points system other than it kind of cheapens the regulation win. So, just make a reg win 3 points, OTW 2 (because you weren’t good enough to win in the time allotted) and the OTL 1 (because you made the other team unable win in regulation, you deserve something).

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    That’s reasonable, and it would lessen the number of teams who ride the loser point into the postseason, you know?

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    BECAUSE YOU FUCKING LOST, YOU LOSERS! SUCK IT UP!

    I agree the loser point needs to go away. You want points? Well then win the damn game.

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    I’m OK with the loser point if a regulation win is worth more than an OT/SO. Especially the SO loss – you basically tied at that point.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Yup, regulation win has to be worth more than OT/ SO win, because – HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!! I kind of prefer no points for LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!, though. smile

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    They should just get rid of the shootout. Keep playing OTs until someone wins, like the do in the playoffs. Would make things really interesting for a team that’s on the front half of a back-to-back.

    And get rid of the automatic wave-off of icing for shorthanded teams. Make them actually play the puck out of their zone. MOAR PPGS FOR EVERYBODY!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    The not allowed to ice it shorthanded has been tried out in youth hockey (Massachusetts and Alaska) and in some AHL and NCAA preseason. They only started allowing it because the Habs would score on every PP back in the late 50’s/ early 60’s (Boom Boom). Today’s Habs can’t do that, so rescind the rule, NHL, just like you did to 4 on 4 play once Pocklington broke up the Oilers.

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Nah, screw that. I don’t need some mid-season mindless game going on forever just to pick a winner. If I wanted that I’d watch baseball.

    ….oh wait, I do.

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    We just shit-canned someone recently who was habitually unreliable. She was only here for a few months and I swear was out 2-3 times A WEEK.

    Re: No points for overtime loss

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/should-nhl-completely-get-rid-of-standings-points-153007392.html

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    From the article:

    But if the end result is more goals then, hey, it’s better than goalies in yoga pants.

    Goalies in yoga pants? Umm… yeah… let’s NOT see that!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    The NHL needs a three point system, or needs to give you NOTHING for an overtime loss. Why? BECAUSE YOU FUCKING LOST, YOU LOSERS! SUCK IT UP!
    Yup
    I’m considering not moving until I’m forced to
    Mantra for you – “How you gonna make me leave?” Borrowed from a coach who was ejected from a game – the police was the answer!
    smile

    the german hammer
    Admin

    They talked about changing the victory points system from today’s Win-OTWin-OTL 2-2-1 system to a 3-2-1 system.

    Yes, do it already.

    The London Bear
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    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    I was going to don my skin cap and post a “Make it so” gif but I don’t have an image button anymore.

    the german hammer
    Admin

    comment image

    That button is gone and replaced by the spoiler button. You can’t just drop a pic in?

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor
    the german hammer
    Admin

    I got it! If you’re at the site, click on it so it’s the only gif on screen, then copy the link address.

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

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    phonymahoney
    Editor

    You look delightful in that skin cap.
    It would be a shame if someone were to
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    wear your skin as a cap.

    the german hammer
    Admin

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    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Ha! Suck it Giphy!

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Damnit.

    the german hammer
    Admin

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    the german hammer
    Admin

    When I click on it, it wants to download.

    the german hammer
    Admin

    Refresh and it may change?

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Strange. Giphy is now downloading to my computer.

    the german hammer
    Admin

    Yeah, I figured it out above.

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
    Member

    YASSSSSSSSSS

    the german hammer
    Admin

    Did the portal not work, Sister?

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Ooo, I’ll have to check! Didn’t visit the portal yesterday.

    the german hammer
    Admin

    I thought you had someone at the portal who would call you to tell you?

    Also, now this spoils the surprise. Surprises are not as fun when you know there’s a surprise.

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    There are new portal people that aren’t as cool as the old portal people. Though the scavenger hunt to get your package is fun. If you have a package, they’ll leave a key in your portal to another portal. I think they enjoy watching people wander around confused trying to find remember how numbers work.

    the german hammer
    Admin

    Small town holly jollies, I guess.

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    We have to amuse ourselves somehow. And the cookies are fantastic!

    the german hammer
    Admin

    Excellent!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Good Morning, pals!
    First day on the ice got moved up a day. It went well! The late night, however, is killing me right now. Knee felt pretty good, some weird muscle spasms afterward. had some knuckleheads in the second game.: Me: “That was a candidate, definitely a candidate”. Knucklehead: “Huh?” Me: “That might be the dumbest penalty I’ve ever seen. It’s definitely a candidate”.
    Thought about paddling today, but opting for work (Whaaaaat?).
    I’ll be up north all weekend. Jo is heading to Miami.!!!!!!!!!
    Coffee

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    But what did the knucklehead DO?

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
    Member
    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Knucklehead can’t skate so stands at center ice. As opposing player approaches with the puck and dekes around Knucklehead, Knucklehead reaches out (a good three feet [GOOD THREE FEET] and rakes opponent down – oh yeah, Knucklehead’s team was already shorthanded.

    the german hammer
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    That is bad defensive play. You’re supposed to take away his time and space not his legs.

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Well now you gotta tell us what the knucklehead did.

    carvinbass18
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    http://www.reactiongifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/hello.gif

    hi peeps. I’ve got nothing today. Will likely miss most of the game tonight, have company coming over. The sun’s out at least?

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    To graduate, I must take a PE class, so I am. Last night was weight lifting. Holy shit. I am sore. There was only one muscular guy in the class, so we expected him to excel. I finished last among the men in upper body, but first in lower body. Thank you hockey!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    The Once and Future Pumped Up Bagel Bruin!!!

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

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    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    how about a rule change where “all coaches challenges are reviewed in toronto to speed up the delay in game”.

    The London Bear
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    Or a time limit. If they can’t decide within 2mins the call on the ice stands.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Or at least getting the refs a bigger screen than an watch calculator.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    BUT ITS 4k ULTRA HD!!!

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Morning.

    My work network won’t display the pictures, but it is putting a “caption” of sorts where the pictures would be. So instead of pictures, I’m seeing “intriguing!” “Facinating!” and “Bitch Slap”. It’s quite comical.

    I still don’t understand why they think scoring is the ultimate “bring in fans” thing. What makes a hockey goal so great is how fucking difficult they are to get. The fact that they don’t seem to understand this shows you how fucking incompetent executives generally are. /rant

    They talked about changing the victory points system from today’s Win-OTWin-OTL 2-2-1 system to a 3-2-1 system.

    I would support this.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    seconded

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
    Member

    Thirded

    carvinbass18
    Editor

    notarized

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