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Officiating will be hot topic at NHL meeting

Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby talks to referee Tom Kowal in the first period of their NHL...

Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby talks to referee Tom Kowal in the first period of their NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Pa., Feb. 13, 2013. (REUTERS/Jason Cohn)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:50 PM ET

The NHL's general managers will gather for their spring meeting Wednesday in Toronto and the burning topic right now seems to be officiating.

"I got a call asking me if there was anything I wanted to put on the agenda and I said, 'Officiating,'" said one GM, "and I was told another GM had already tabled 37 items to do with officiating."

Maybe he was joking.

Maybe not.

Fact is, there are a lot of general managers upset with the consistency of the officiating this season and the number of missed offside calls, some that have have resulted in goals.

Another hot topic is the number of times players are getting thrown out of the faceoff circle.

"If your player asks a question about what's happening in the faceoff circle, he just gets thrown out," said another GM. "It's gotten to the point now where you can't even talk to these guys."


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