GMs say no to challenge
Panthers' Tallon was keen on idea
MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency
|Panthers GM Dale Tallon's idea of a coach's challenge was quickly dismissed by his peers. (QMI Agency file)
TORONTO -- Upon further review, the concept of coaches challenging goal calls has been put on the shelf.
Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon had been keen on the idea, a concept loosely based on the National Football League system of coach's challenges.
Tallon had trumpeted the idea after watching his own goaltender, Scott Clemmensen, get interfered with by Toronto's Colton Orr during a game at the Air Canada Centre Oct. 26. Not only was no penalty called on the play, the puck ended up deflecting off Orr for the winning goal in a 3-1 Maple Leaf victory.
The NHL subsequently admitted that the goal should not have counted but that didn't stop an angered Tallon from trying to push his idea.
Unfortunately for him, his push was quickly dismissed by his peers at the NHL GM's meetings in Toronto Tuesday.
"I don't think there are going to be many if any opportunities (to challenge)," Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray said.
A downcast Tallon agreed.
"It's dead," he said, adding that GMs were concerned that, among other things, such a rule would lengthen games. "You win some, you lose some."
Leafs GM Brian Burke was one of the GMs who was quite outspoken against the concept, calling Tallon's idea a "gross overreaction."
Meanwhile, the GMs seem to be pleased with the way Rule 48 is being called -- that being the rule dealing with blind side shots to the head. Shane Doan and Joe Thornton are the two players who have been suspended to date under terms of the rule.