NHL GMs looking to tweak overtime with 'long change'

Blues right wing T.J. Oshie (74) celebrates scoring the game-winning goal against the Bruins in...

Blues right wing T.J. Oshie (74) celebrates scoring the game-winning goal against the Bruins in overtime in St. Louis on Feb. 6, 2014. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports/Files)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:46 PM ET

After years of proposing extending overtime or the radical idea of 3-on-3 play to try and reduce the number of games which go to the shootout, it sounds like the biggest change NHL general managers are willing to make is the long change.

Having teams switch ends at the end of regulation time for overtime and creating the "long change" -- forcing players to have to go farther to their bench from the defensive zone for line changes in overtime -- seems to have the most support and sounds like about as far as the GMs want to go in tweaking overtime.

The idea of extending overtime or reducing the number of players on the ice seems to have met a sudden death here at the GMs annual spring meeting.

"I can't see it being changed for a while," said New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather. "It was tough enough getting 4-on-4. Three-on-three is a bit of a pipe dream, in my opinion."



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