From the NY Times.com Slap Shot blog:
During the second intermission of the Islanders-Canadiens game, TSN’s
Darren Dreger reported that he had surveyed N.H.L. coaches on whether
they’d like to see a challenge system instituted in the league, much
like the N.F.L.’s, where head coaches can request a review of an
official’s decision. (video and here on his blog).
Dreger said 14 of the 21 he spoke with favored such a system and that
Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon is considering proposing a coach’s
challenge rule at the November general managers meeting.
What got Tallon riled up was this play on Tuesday in Toronto when the
Maple Leafs’ Colton Orr tackled Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen,
clearly interfering with him (video) and a subsequent shot by Tim Brent deflect off Orr’s skate into the
goal. Neither referee, Stephen Walkom nor Francis Charron, called Orr
for a penalty and that goal turned out to be the game-winner. Goalie
interference is not among the plays currently reviewable by the league’s
video review system.
(Blogging yesterday for The
Miami Herald, George Richards quoted N.H.L. vice president of
hockey operations Colin Campbell, who acknowledged the referees blew the
call. Campbell said Walkom, the league’s former director of officiating
who returned to the ice last season, was high in the zone and had his
view of the play obstructed by players. Campbell didn’t provide an
explanation for Charron, who was along the goal line and had a clear
view, other than saying he’s “a rookie referee.”)
Dreger reported that one of the coaches who supports a challenge
suggested limiting it to one per team, with a deterrent such as loss of a
time out or a two-minute penalty if the team loses the challenge.
Of the seven coaches who opposed a challenge, Dreger said one feared
coaches would use a challenge to create an additional timeout. Another
said the solution to the problem was better officiating.