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NHL GMs consider changes to avoid shootouts

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is in favour of extending the overtime period during the...

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is in favour of extending the overtime period during the regular season but finds shootouts "entertaining." (REUTERS file photo)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:13 PM ET

NHL general managers, for the most part, aren’t big fans of the shootout.

They recognize its popularity with the fans, but loathe the fact it’s individual rather than team play that determines the outcome of some games.

With that in mind, they are considering expanding overtime from five to 10 minutes in the hopes of reducing the number of games that get to the shootout.

Maybe it will be 10 minutes of the current 4-on-4 play. Maybe it will be five minutes of 4-on-4 and then 3-on-3 for the remaining five.

No decisions were made in Tuesday’s meetings, but discussions will continue in March when the GMs meet in Florida.


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