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The NHL may change its rules to stop players from embellishing


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Sam Jones
May 20, 2024  (4:43 PM)
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As the NHL playoffs unfold, the increasing frequency of dives has sparked a widespread debate about the integrity of officiating in the league.

With players feeling compelled to exaggerate fouls to capture the attention of referees, the essence of the sport is under scrutiny. This growing frustration is not just a topic among fans but has also caught the attention of insiders who are vocal about needing a systemic change.
Elliotte Friedman, a prominent figure in hockey journalism, recently discussed this issue on his "32 thoughts" podcast. He proposed a bold adjustment to the rules: if a player is found to have embellished to draw a penalty, that penalty should be overturned, and only the act of embellishment should be penalized. This suggestion points to a potential shift in how penalties could be administered, potentially increasing the burden on referees to make more subjective calls, which could introduce more debates over referee bias and errors.
Friedman's take is that such a rule change would effectively deter players from taking dives, knowing that their actions could lead to a disadvantageous power play against their team. This perspective is echoed by many insiders and fans who are calling for decisive actions to preserve the sport's integrity.
The NHL has recognized the issue and has expressed intentions to tighten enforcement, which indicates that changes may be on the horizon. As the league contemplates its next steps, the hockey community watches closely, hopeful for strategies that will uphold the physicality and fairness of the game without compromising the swift justice delivered on ice.
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MAY 20   |   48 ANSWERS
The NHL may change its rules to stop players from embellishing

Do you think this rule would be beneficial or efficient?

Yes, diving has gone too far4593.8 %
No, it gives refs too much discretion36.3 %
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