Newspaper article The Canadian Press

NHLPA Gets Its First Look at General Managers' Three-on-Three OT Proposals

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

NHLPA Gets Its First Look at General Managers' Three-on-Three OT Proposals

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NHLPA gets first look at 3-on-3 OT proposals

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BOCA RATON, Fla. - On the final day of the NHL general managers meeting, the Players' Association got its first look at rule changes being proposed for next season, most notably adding some three-on-three play to overtime.

Players will have give their input on three-on-three, expanded video review and faceoff changes and must sign off before anything becomes official.

"I think we're on the same page," David Poile of the Nashville Predators said, "but what they always do is go back to their membership and they talk to all of their players."

Director of hockey operations Colin Campbell said the NHLPA was fine with adding a coach's challenge system for goaltender interference and pucks over the glass and for defending players having to put their sticks on the ice first on faceoffs but had some concerns about three-on-three overtime.

General managers were split on whether to go to the American Hockey League model of four-on-four for the first three minutes and then three-on-three from the next whistle to the end of a seven-minute sudden-death overtime or to simply play three-on-three for the existing five-minute overtime.

One issue is that the potential for an extra two minutes a game, while likely to reduce shootouts, would put more of a strain on top players.

"One point we made is if they felt the extra two minutes was more stress on their players, the point I made in talking to our managers was: There's going to be a little less stress on probably, arguably, your most important player, your goaltender, who will have less shootouts to face," Campbell said Wednesday. "He obviously faces the most stress in every shootout. There's a give and take on that one if that's their concern."

NHLPA divisional representative Steve Webb, who represented the organization at the meeting along with Joe Reekie, said players are intrigued about three-on-three and said the organization still needed to talk to players about the increased workload that would come with seven-minute overtime sessions.

The initial reaction seemed to be positive.

"I think it intrigues the guys, to see what the effects are going to be like playing three-on-three," Webb said. …

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