According to a report from Sportsnet insider Chris Johnston, NHL Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell believes that goaltenders are being coached to embellish contact and take dives.
This comes directly from the general manager meetings currently taking place in Boca Raton, Florida this week where NHL GMs are currently discussing matters like goaltender interference.
It’s no secret that the NHL has come under fire this season for its inconsistent handling of goaltender interference, particularly when it comes to reviewing interference on a coach’s review.
Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot ripped the NHL earlier this season and earned himself a hefty fine for going on a obscenity laced tirade about the inconsistency in calling goaltender inference.
For those who missed it, Talbot’s rant was a thing of pure beauty. It was raw emotion in the moment. Something we’re not used to seeing too often out of calculated professional athletes.
Check it out:
Not to be outdone, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock also ripped the NHL for a blown goaltender interference call against his squad and urged the league to “figure it out.”
“What I don’t like is that the report that came out from the league is different than what [the officials] told me. They told me he was interfered with outside the paint, which is not true,” said a ticked off Babcock.
“That tonight is goalie interference any way you look at it… no one knows what’s going on. So, we better get it solved. Just saying ‘okay, we’re going to leave it the way it is,’ no chance!”
“Let’s get it fixed, let’s get it fixed before the playoffs so we all know the rules.”
This prompted the NHL to fire back at its players and coaches with a clear message: “stop whining.”
“There’s a feeling at the league office that this is not something that’s productive to the process whatsoever, the amount of complaining that’s gone on about it.,” said Johnston earlier this month. “So there will be a continued discussion about where this is going, what’s happening, and the league has tried to be as transparent as it can with these rulings but certainly the message will be, ‘Don’t air your public laundry here to the press.’”
Today’s development, in which Campbell essentially calls out the NHL’s goaltenders, isn’t likely to mend things between the league and its players. Really Colin Campbell? Literally NO ONE in the sport can figure out your rules regarding goaltender interference and instead of fixing it, you essentially call your players cheaters? Come on… like Babcock says, “get it fixed.”