Out soon on DVD: NHL rule changes

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:40 AM ET

The National Hockey League is sending all 30 teams a DVD to explain 2007-08 rule changes, along with a stern reminder to stay out of fights while sitting on the bench.

The four new standards are topped by a five-minute interference major at the referee's discretion should an injury result from the action. There will also be a penalty shot awarded if a breakaway is tampered with in the neutral zone, as opposed to inside the blue line. But players and coaches new to the league need to be reminded about bench decorum said league hockey operations director Kris King.

"It's not a major issue, but if there is a fight and you're on the bench and give the guy on the other team a face wash, then it could escalate into something worse," King said.

TURNING A NEW LEAF

The Maple Leafs will have about 54 players undergoing camp medicals Thursday and hitting the ice the next morning at the Ricoh Coliseum. Other clubs have more bodies, but a team such as the Tampa Bay Lightning, with most spots on the roster spoken for, won't be bringing in more than 32 or 33.

"That 54 includes some players we expect will continue on from our rookie camp, but we could have one or two more rookies or a (late signing or walk-on)," general manager John Ferguson said.

TUNING OUT THE SENS

The Leafs have denied Rogers Sportsnet's request to show the Sept. 18 Senators-Flyers exhibition game at the Labatt Centre in London, Ont.

"The league controls where the games are played and we're fine with that," Tom Anselmi, executive vice-president of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., told the London Free Press.

"But broadcasting the game in our territory was something we weren't comfortable with."

Leafs TV is showing Toronto at Edmonton that night.

BRIEFLY

Anaheim Ducks defenceman Scott Niedermayer said yesterday he would not attend training camp, but has not made a decision on retiring ... Lightning centre Tim Taylor had a unique hip operation yesterday, where the bone and joint area were smoothed out and a chrome alloy inserted. The 38-year-old hopes to play by February ... The New York Rangers will retire the No. 2 jersey worn by longtime defenceman Brian Leetch.


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