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Co-chairs of the NHL / NHLPA Competition Committee – Mathieu Schneider, National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Special Assistant to the Executive Director, and Colin Campbell, National Hockey League (NHL) Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations – issued the following statement on new rules recommendations after the Competition Committee met today in New York:

Expanded Video Review: Coach’s Challenge – The Committee recommends that a Coach’s Challenge be adopted for expanded video review for goals that may have resulted from (1) goaltender interference and (2) offside plays. The video review process and all decisions on goals where goaltender interference may have occurred will be the responsibility of the Referees at ice level, in consultation with the NHL’s Situation Room in Toronto; similarly, goals that may have resulted from an offside play will be reviewed and determined by the on-ice officials, in consultation with the NHL’s Situation Room in Toronto. In order for a coach to make a challenge, the team must have its timeout available.

Face-Offs – The Committee recommends a change to the face-off rule, whereby, for all face-offs in the defensive zone, the player from the defensive zone team must put down his stick first. For face-offs at center ice, the rule will remain the same, requiring that the visiting team player put his stick down first.

Overtime – There was considerable discussion of changing the current overtime format but no consensus was reached. The NHLPA and NHL will continue discussions in the coming weeks on potential changes with the intention for the Committee to make a decision on overtime later this month. There will be no changes to the shootout format.

The new rules recommendations still require approval by the NHLPA’s Executive Board and the NHL’s Board of Governors, at which point the language of the rules will be formalized.

The NHLPA was represented by Players Michael Cammalleri (New Jersey Devils), Cory Schneider (New Jersey Devils), Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis Blues) and Daniel Winnik (Pittsburgh Penguins), while David Backes (St. Louis Blues) was unable to attend. The NHL was represented by Philadelphia
Flyers owner Ed Snider and General Managers David Poile (Nashville Predators), Ken Holland (Detroit Red Wings), Don Maloney (Arizona Coyotes) and Peter Chiarelli (Edmonton Oilers). The Competition Committee is co-chaired by Mathieu Schneider and Colin Campbell.


New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Dan Girardi underwent a bursa excision on his ankle and Marc Staal had a bone chip removed from his ankle. Both players are expected to be fully recovered prior to the start of training camp. The surgeries were performed yesterday by Dr. David Levine at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Girardi, 31, skated in all 82 regular season games with the Rangers in 2014-15, registering four goals and 16 assists for 20 points, along with a plus-12 rating and 22 penalty minutes. He is tied with Brian Leetch for the most seasons in which a Ranger has played all 82 games since the NHL adopted an 82-game schedule in 1995-96 (five). Girardi tied for sixth in the NHL in blocked shots (184) and ranked fifth among NHL defensemen in hits (224) in 2014-15.

Staal, 28, skated in 80 regular season games with the Rangers in 2014-15, registering five goals and 15 assists for 20 points, along with a plus-18 rating and 42 penalty minutes. He established a career-high in plus/minus rating. Staal ranked third on the Rangers in average ice time (21:08) and led the team in average even strength ice time (18:49) in 2014-15.

In other NY Ranger news, it has come to light that President and General Manager Glen Sather is contemplating not returning for a 17th year with the Broadway Blueshirts. When pressed on the issue, Sather did not give a direct answer, but hinted at the possibility of not returning.

So far this post season, he refused both the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs permission to interview Assistant General Manager Jeff Gorton for the open General Manager positions at their Hockey team. This may lead one to assume that Slats may not return and wants his Assistant to have the first crack to follow him as GM.

This will be just another question that will need to be answered by the NY Rangers this off-season. Who will be the GM, which players will be traded or not re-signed and which new players will join the team for next season?

Stay tuned folks, this will prove to be a very interesting off season indeed

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