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GMs brake on coach challenge

NEW YORK — General managers made progress toward implementing a coach's challenge system, but they could not finalize plans to do so Wednesday at their annual Stanley Cup final meeting.

The issue is trying to define what cases would be subject to challenges and how the process would work. GMs sounded optimistic something would be agreed on, but there was no certainty about whether challenges would start next season.

A coach's challenge was among the rules changes the league competition committee decided Monday to recommend for approval for next season. GMs approved other committee recommendations, including allowing a more liberal definition of kicked-in goals, expanding the trapezoid, doing a dry scrape of the ice and changing ends before overtime, and making faceoff changes.

Final approval must come from the board of governors and the union executive committee this summer.

Coach's challenges and the possibility of expanded video review dominated the meeting. One thing that seemed clear was that goaltender interference would not be part of any such changes because there is so much room for interpretation.

Consensus wasn't clear on expanded video review in general. The GMs want more correct calls but don't want to make the games longer. "We don't want games to be … 31/2 hours long," Coyotes GM Don Maloney said. "I find myself going to football games, with the stoppages there, I really can't stand it."

GMs brake on coach challenge 06/11/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 10:36pm]

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