Marc Bertrand: NHL needs to fix the offsides challenges
It is so bad…
Marc Bertrand: Speaking of (Connor) Bedard, he had, as you mentioned in passing, he had a goal that was taken off the board on an offsides challenge. Oh my God. Does the league need to change this rule? There needs to be some sort of period of time that negates the ability to challenge possession of the puck and a turnover by Charlie Coyle that could have negated the ability to challenge there. It’s so bad.
Tom Morgan: That turnover alone should have wiped the whole thing out.
Marc Bertrand: That should wipe it out. Oh, you had the puck and you turned it over. You don’t get to challenge it now. What are you talking about? That doesn’t get to happen.
Hardy: How long were they in the zone?
Marc Bertrand: 30 seconds.
Hardy: I don’t think it was that long. The one video I went back and watch because I didn’t watch it immediately at the time, but it’s at least 12 seconds, which in hockey is still an eternity. That’s a long time to be in the zone with the puck, passing around, turning the puck over, ah you get it back. At that point, the offside has nothing to do with the possession.
I don’t necessarily want the refs to have like more say and have to decide whether or not, you know, the puck would have gone into the zone anyway unless they were offside, if they would have had possession of the puck in the zone and less were offside in the first place. But there’s got to be something. Maybe it’s just what you said Beetle, maybe it’s just the act of turning the puck over once and then getting it back. Okay, well, now it’s a wash. The other team did actually have the puck and then coughed it up. So now it’s all new. We start over. Nobody likes it. Nobody agrees with it. Doesn’t effect the play anymore at that point.
Scott Zolak: That’s the thing. Like okay, if it affected the play and the person comes on the ice. Yeah okay, I understand that. Like, you’re so far away from the play. No. That should be an easy review.
Marc Bertrand: I would just say that challenging this in general, when it started, we didn’t like it. It’s just not in the spirit of the game. It just isn’t… that a guy’s skate is an inch over that line. Like come on? Is that impacting the play in a significant way? If it’s not obvious enough… and this is not a replay rant like Felger always has.
If it’s not obvious enough that you can call it in real time on the ice, then it’s not obvious enough to truly impact the play in a significant way. And therefore it shouldn’t be a thing. That’s what it comes down to. Technically, was it correct? Yes. And you can see on the film that it is technically the right ruling. But it’s not within the spirit of the sport and the game and that rule. That’s what I would say.