So today we hear that Dale Tallon is pushing the idea of introducing coach’s challenges to the NHL after his Florida Panthers were “robbed” of a victory the other night. He feels that, similar to the NFL, an NHL head coach should be able to challenge a ruling on the ice.
I get that allowing coaches to challenge calls will help the accuracy. But ice hockey is such a game of momentum, I think allowing coaches whose teams are on the ropes the ability to slow things down by challenging a call can be an unfair advantage. I hate to see anything added that significantly slows the flow of the game.
Additionally, the NHL doesn’t have anything that can dissuade a coach from challenging a play. In the NFL, if a coach challenges a play and is incorrect he loses a timeout. While there are timeouts in the NHL, they do not hold the same value in the NHL and I do not believe would be the same deterrent as in the NFL.
The bottom line is that I cannot recall many plays in the playoffs that a coach’s challenge would have changed the course of the Cup victory. A regular season loss for the below average Florida Panthers is nothing anyone outside of Dale Tallon is concerned about. He should be happy they didn’t get the “W.” He needs the highest draft pick he can get, wins aren’t doing the Panthers any good.
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