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Flames coach pans replay challenges

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:28 PM ET

Brent Sutter wasn’t a big fan of the idea of a coach’s challenge, and not just because the idea of tossing something on the ice to do it might be opening a can of worms.

In the NFL, they throw red flags on the field for video replay challenges. Who knows what that would lead to in the NHL, a league that’s already seen plenty of objects tossed out by angry coaches.

“You get into a whole different ball of wax,” said the Flames head coach Tuesday after hearing the idea brought to the GM meetings by Florida’s Dale Tallon was shelved after a brief discussion. “Next thing you know they’re throwing water bottles and sticks. You get carried away.”

Sutter doesn’t believe talk about adopting challenges is over permanently.

Disallowed goals, and goals that probably shouldn’t have been allowed to stand have already hit the highlight reels a few times this season, and the league is always looking for ways to improve their percentage on making the right calls.

But for now, it’s just too radical a change for Sutter to back.

Same goes for the GMs, who were initially sour on the idea.

“They’ve shelved it, but I’m sure it’ll be up for discussion again,” Sutter said. “You’re getting into a whole new thing in hockey if you decide that’s something you want, all of a sudden have challenges in games.

“That just isn’t something you can go into a meeting and decide yay or nay you’re gonna go with it.

“At this point in time, I personally didn’t think it would be something that would be put to work immediately.”

A big reason for it is the many questions that come with the idea of implementing a new rule as grand as instant replay challenges.

“How does it act in a game and where is it right and where is it wrong?” said Sutter. “What can you challenge and what can’t you challenge? There’s so many things to it.

“It’s always good to have discussion and see areas that maybe the game can change for the betterment of the game. But it takes time to make change, too.

“Let’s see what happens going forward.”

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