Source: USA TODAY
TORONTO – NHL general managers are showing increasing interest in extending the duration of overtime before a game is decided by a shootout.
That was the biggest news that came out of the annual fall GM meetings. The group is planning to discuss it further at the March meetings in Florida.
“There was an appetite in the room to look at ways to extend overtime,” said Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland.
Holland has long lobbied for a 10-minute overtime, with five minutes played at four-on-four and five more minutes played on three-on-three.
He said he senses that there is more interest in extending overtime than before.
“I think there are some who would like to make it seven or eight minutes,” Holland said.
Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill said he also sensed considerable interest in extending overtime, although the logistics would have to be finalized. One of the major issues is when the ice would be scraped.
“We don’t want fans having to stay until 11 p.m.,” he said.
Steve Yzerman (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Doug Armstrong (St. Louis Blues) expressed interest in longer OTs, but didn’t favor three-on-three.
“But I haven’t seen enough of three-on-three,” Armstrong said.
Goalie fights were among topics discussed — after Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery fighting with unwilling combatant Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals — but any action would be taken in March.