The NHL’s general managers are on vacation playing golf attempting not to giggle when passing Garth Snow in the hallway having their meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. through Wednesday, with one major topic on the agenda: overtime and minimizing the shootout.
Of the 967 games played in the 2013-14 regular season through Sunday, 122 have been decided in a shootout. That’s 12.6 percent of the regular season ending in a skills competition, which is actually down from the average since the shootout began in 2005-06: 13.3 percent of all regular-season games.
The momentum has been building to do something to reduce the number of shootout games.
Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland’s 4-on-4 then 3-on-3 OT format may be the most radical, which is why it probably won’t be ratified without a season or two of lab-ratting in the AHL. (The Southern Professional Hockey League, by the way, has both 3-on-3 OT and a female goalie. Your move, NHL.)
Another option is to bump up the overtime to something north ofRead More »from NHL GMs ready to take anti-shootout baby step?