Since the start of the current season, goalie interference has been talked about from every angle possible. NHL insiders have criticism the league for the accurate definition of the violation, NHL coaches have been yelling and swearing behind their respective benches when the wrong call is made, and it looks like referees simply want to bury their head in the sand and just get on with the game, fed up with the complaints.
When NHL general managers meet next week, starting Monday in Boca Raton, Florida, goaltender interference is expected to be among the hotter issues to be discussed around the table. When Detroit Red Wings netminder Jimmy Howard was asked about what is goalie interference, his answer was a glimpse of what is going on in players circles nowadays.
“None of us know any more, to be honest with you,” Howard said to the Detroit Free Press Thursday. “It went from one extreme to another and then to another extreme. I agree that goalies need to fight through stuff — you don’t want guys flopping in there, but at the same time, they have to find the common ground of if it’s allowing us to do our job or not.”
And so, one player decide to share his point of view with the public, not afraid that his publication on social media could be removed or heavily criticized by the NHL. Jamie Benn is not backing down from the tweet he fired off during the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsbugth Penguins on Saturday, questioning the goaltender interference penalty whistled on Pens' Brian Dumoulin as he appeared to score a legitimate goal.
Players rarely openly calls out a ruling during a contest, especially one he is not taking part in. Benn’s tweet was republished 2,500 times and liked more than 7,700 times on the popular social media.
“I wasn’t looking for a response or anything. I just thought it was a good goal,” Benn told Sportsnet on Wednesday.
The League did not get in touch with the Dallas Stars captain for him to delete his comment. Sportsnet's Luke Fox informed him that the NHL is isn’t pleased that players and coaches have been openly criticizing the goalie interference calls, but Benn had an answer for that too.
“Good,” Benn said. “They should be.”
Earlier this season, we saw Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid and Maple Leafs superstar Auston Matthews call out referees for their ruling during a live game. Now with the help of social member, we now know that Benn is unhappy with the controversial goalie interference and hopes it can get settled sooner rather than later.