In the wake of some controversial goaltender interference calls the past while, most notably the call against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night in their game against the Buffalo Sabres, the NHL has announced that it will review its rules regarding goaltender interference at official meetings later this month.
According to a report from the Toronto Star’s Mark Zwolinski, NHL players, coaches and fans will get some clarification on the league’s standing regarding goaltender interference. From Zwolinski:
Bill Daly, the league’s deputy commissioner, and Colin Campbell, the senior vice president of hockey operations, indicated Tuesday that the rule will be discussed at the GM meetings later this month in Florida.
“Obviously, it will be a point of discussion at our general managers’ meetings later this month,” Daly said yesterday. “To the extent there is any current confusion, hopefully everyone will be on the same page coming out of that meeting.”
Leafs head coach Mike Babcock was clearly frustrated following Monday night’s 5-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres due to a RIDICULOUS non-call on Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen on the Sabres’ 5th goal of the evening.
Check it out:
So… that’s not goalie interference? Ok then…
As you might imagine, Babcock was LIVID when the officials made the call.
Check out his immediate reaction:
I’m no expert at reading lips, but I’m willing to bet that there were more than a few “F bombs” in that tirade for the officials. After the game however, Babcock was a little more subdued, but still clearly frustrated with the lack of consistency in the NHL’s stated rules regarding goalie interference.
“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.”
Well, for what it’s worth, Babcock talked and the league has listened. “We too want consistency,” Campbell said, “particularly in the playoffs, with so much on the line.”
Hopefully the league sorts this out. With just 14 games left to go until the playoffs, the games are getting tighter and tighter. The league CANNOT afford to have a team eliminated from contention due to a blown call. Like Babcock says, “get it right!”