A New Award And That's About It
PHILADELPHIA--Pretty thin gruel.
The content out of today's NHL general managers meetings at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Philly was anything but explosive and pertained mostly to three matters:
- The announcement that Don Maloney of the Phoenix Coyotes had been named the first recipient of the GM-of-the-year award after somehow making the Desert Dogs into a playoff team in a season of turmoil.
- The agreement that the penalty for an illegal head shot next season - from the side or the back - will be a major and game misconduct, with no wiggle room for a minor penalty. This still needs the approval of the competition committee and the board of governors.
- Significant discussion over whether there are too many shootouts, and whether overtime needs to be tweaked from it's current five-minute, 4-on-4 format to something that would have more games settled in OT. The GMs basically agreed to monitor the issue.