NHL general managers will meet Tuesday in Toronto, and at least one key hot-button topic is expected to be on the agenda: Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon tells TSN he has officially submitted a proposal for a "coach's challenge".
Tallon says he forwarded his request to NHL Senior VP and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell, and hopes the concept can and will be fully explored. Tallon adds he hasn't spent a great deal of time lobbying his fellow managers for support.
The introductory criteria for Tallon's proposal for a coach's challenge are as follows:
> Applies only to goal-related plays
> Challenge must be issued within prescribed time limit
> Team must have timeout left to issue challenge
> Unsuccessful challenge results in loss of timeout
> Successful challenge results in no loss of timeout
> One challenge per team per game
Tallon's motivation comes from a recent trip to Toronto, where Maple Leafs forward Colton Orr interfered with Panthers goaltender Scott Clemmensen before scoring what turned out to be the game-winning goal.
Afterwards, the NHL admitted a penalty should have been called on the play and the goal should not have counted.
The early season general managers meeting seldom encourages rule changes; instead, the March GM meetings historically generate more rule-specific action. However, Tallon says he believes that while it won't be easy hammering out the specifics for exactly how and when the coach's challenge can be applied, it's a task worth full league-wide consideration as long as the criteria remains focused on goal related debates.