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I think it’s fair to say that there was some broad agreement that there should be something done about expanding instant replay on goaltending, expanding instant replay on flagrant foul calls.
That’s under very strong consideration, to review all flagrants and generally to decide whether it’s a 1 or is it a flagrant and should it be accompanied by an ejection or should it be downgraded to a common foul?
One of the things we’re looking at is a postgame analysis of flopping. And I think we’re going to come up with something that addresses that and hope to have it in shape as soon as the July meeting in Las Vegas.
We could see something like [the current points system for technicals] ... If you continue to do this you have to suffer some consequences. What exactly that should be, and the progression is, is to be decided.
We just want to put a stake in the ground and say this is not something we want to be a part of our game -- without coming down with a sledgehammer but to do it in a minimalist way to begin stamping it out.
One of the things that we’ve done quietly over the last two years is shorten the full game time by moving the players out faster bringing them back from timeouts, by starting the game closer to when it’s supposed to begin and the like. And that’s been very effective. We’ve cut out a number of minutes.
We have some rules that apply only in the last two minutes and as counterintuitive sometimes as that might be, our fans seem to appreciate that and like it.
So our last two minutes may be subject to a little bit more [review/changes]. We have to go back, look at our notes and see what we construct and circulate, but there was some discussion:
"That’s a problem, that’s a problem, that’s a problem."
"Well how about in the last two minutes?"
"Oh that’s ok!'
... When the game is there, it’s tied, it’s on the line and there are 32 seconds to go, there’s an acceptance that that’s the time when you should be looking at the replay.
It’s sort of accepting of the reality of the way our fans want the game to be officiated and when they want to be 100 percent certain as opposed to 90 percent certain.
It's fair to say there was a strong sense that we shouldn't cut down on the toolbox that coaches have available to them, despite what may seem the unseemliness of the way it goes down. But that's just one of the things that you do if you want to win and it works.