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New OT, short-handed rules talk of RDO Camp Day 1

Posted on: August 17, 2011 10:01 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 10:09 pm

By Brian Stubits

Day 1 of the NHL Research and Development Camp, or Camp Shanny as everybody likes to call it, is in the books. It's a time testing, tweaking and experimentation while general managers also get an up-close look at some of next year's draft prospects -- where GMs came away impressed with the defensemen.

Brendan Shanahan, getting settled into his new role as the NHL's next master disciplinarian, is running the show again this year as the league tries out a few ideas, some that will hit, some that will miss.

"This is research and development, it's what many companies do, what many corporations do," Shanahan said after the session. "It's what we do. It's not a knee-jerk reaction to anything we feel is wrong with the game.

"One of the things, maybe a misconception, was that we had to go out and test 30 new things. Quite honestly there were about 20 things that were repeating because we needed to get more information, more data. We love the way the game is being played by our players. We think the game is an entertaining game for the fans and we think it's a great time to study it. If for any reason, a year, two years, three years, four years down the road we see some trend that we don't like, we're going to have many of information to back it up."

Perhaps the most talked-about testing item after the first day was the suggestion to the overtime rules. It's no secret that the shootout debate has divided fans, with many feeling it ruins the game while others enjoy games having a clear winner and loser. To try and alleviate the argument of shootouts, one proposal is to lengthen overtime to seven minutes, going to 3-on-3 after four minutes.

"A couple of years ago we thought too many games were being undecided in overtime," Shanahan said. "Without changing many of the rules, that seemed to straighten itself out last year. This isn't about any sort of knee-jerk reaction, this is about being pro-active."

"I think it's certainly interesting to get to the 3-on-3," Blues GM Doug Armstrong told "I think if we want less games ending in the shootout, it's certainly an avenue we should explore, going right to the 3-on-3 and eliminate the 4-on-4."

But Lightning GM Steve Yzerman was singing a different tune.

"I prefer 4-on-4," Yzerman told "I'd like to keep 4-on-4. If we're going to extend it, keep it at 4-on-4. Three-on-three is not enough players on the ice, in my opinion."

The other big-discussion piece involved the removal of icing during man-down situations. Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, on the bench, decided to take that as an opportunity to explore.

Knowing the other team couldn't launch the puck the length of the ice, he pulled his own goalie to create a 6-on-4 situation. I can't imagine you would see that during the season (unless it's late in the game) as the danger of the opposing team getting the puck out of the zone is at least slim. But in Camp Shanny? Why not?

Wouldn't you know it, Bylsma's team did surrender a goal at that time when a player fell down, allowing the other squad, coached by Phoenix Coyotes head man Dave Tippett, to score.

"I was really interested in this session that when a team is short-handed they can't ice the puck," Shanahan said. "I'd like to see more of that ... the coaches were curious about and wanted to play around with. That was a good one."

This is one of the proposed rules I am not a big fan of. I understand the concept of the penalty being something a team should suffer for, but I think it handicaps them too much. I would expect power play numbers to increase significantly and my feeling it's too strong of a change. But that's why they test it.

Finally, one of the other items under examination is the reduced goal and the use of a green line to detect if the puck completely crossed the goal line. Dan Craig takes a closer look at the smaller net in this video.

Photo: Getty Images

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:34 am
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Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:24 pm

New OT, short-handed rules talk of RDO Camp Day 1

Not a fan of the new OT rules at all.  I'd personally prefer they go 4 on 4 with a tie if need be.  It used to be more fun in the playoffs knowing that you'd see something special in OT, that they'd just keep on playing till they had a winner.

The new goal, on the other hand, I like it.   

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2011 1:35 pm

New OT, short-handed rules talk of RDO Camp Day 1

Ok so...I might be in the minority here.... But the OT rules were dumb enough already.  The going for on 4-4 for 5 mins then to the shootout is like some video game BS.  Going 3-3 will just be cartoonish. 

Lets just replace the 4-4 and shootout with one of the events from all-star weekend.  Why not?  If its not really gonna be hockey just make it into a full-blown skills comp.  Set up four targets in the corners and let the 2 C's shoot. 


Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: August 19, 2011 8:38 am

New OT, short-handed rules talk of RDO Camp Day 1

Interesting Ideas:

Not a big fan of the 3-on-3 OT idea; it just seems too gimmicky. However, I do think they should lengthen OT: I've always thought 5 minutes was too short.

As for the no icing during PK's, it seems like a good idea to me: I have never understood why you reward a team for committing a penalty by letting them shot it the length of the ice.

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:41 pm

New OT, short-handed rules talk of RDO Camp Day 1

They had the 70s from this league called the WHA if they wanted no-icing whilst short-handed data.  Try talking to ex-WHA athletes about it instead of supposedly thinking outside the box, or watch tape.  Not even a new idea with this suppsed excitement.

Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 6:30 pm

New OT, short-handed rules talk of RDO Camp Day 1

Not a chance.

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 6:06 pm

New OT, short-handed rules talk of RDO Camp Day 1

Get rid of the offsides in OT

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