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Yesterday, news broke that there might be a rule change to overtime next season. NHL general managers approved a 3-on-3 format to limit how many shootouts decided games. While the rule still needs to be green-lit by both the board of governors and the NHLPA, there is no one happier in the Caps locker room than Eric Fehr.
Fehr’s had a modicum of success in the shootout (he’s a career 6 for 18), but he was blunt about how much he hated the “skills competition.”
“Anything to get rid of the shootout, in my opinion,” Fehr said to The Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt, taking out his finest figurative verbal knife. “I’m all for it.”
There was more – oh, so much more.
“It’d be probably two-on-one one way, two-on-one back kind of deal, which would be a lot of fun for the fans to watch,” Fehr said. “They might find that even more entertaining than the shootout. I’m not a fan of the shootout. I don’t think it really belongs in the game. It’s not really a game feel. It feels more like a skills competition. That’s not the way the game’s meant to be played in my opinion.”
Fehr isn’t alone in hating the shootout. Keith Olbermann railed against it the other night, though he reached some more colorful conclusions.
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