Wednesday night, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported on several new rule changes that have been codified for the 2017-18 NHL season. Coach’s challenges are getting a slight tweak.
The coach-summoned goal reviews, which were first introduced last year along with three-on-three overtime, became a lightning rod for controversy all season long. Goaltender interference goal reviews seemingly had no consistency and offside reviews negated big goals – sometimes just for a teammate having his skate off the ice by a centimeter as he skated into the zone. It seemed counter to the spirit of the game.
The NHL didn’t exactly fix the problem over the offseason, but they did introduce a harsher penalty for the offside review.