Could a Familiar Face Return to Dallas? Plus Horrible Call Impacts Sharks
First off I need to vent after what took place Thursday night in Los Angeles. How a referee can all a delay of game penalty for shooting the puck over the glass, without being 100% sure, late in a playoff game is inexcusable.
I should add the Sharks were already down a man and there was less than two-minutes left in a one-goal game. The delay of game call gave the Kings a 5-on-3 power play and essentially a 2-0 series lead.
San Jose D-man Marc-Edouard Vlasic was whistled for the delay of game minor and after seeing the replay it appears the puck glanced off of Kings forward Jeff Carter’s jersey before leaving the rink. How can referees Brad Watson and Tim Kowal be 100% certain, with the naked eye in real time, that the puck did not hit Carter? Considering the consequences for the Sharks and the implications it could have on a playoff series, I don’t understand how an official can make that call with under two-minutes left in a one-goal playoff game.
You can see Carter’s jersey ripple on the replay.
Look I realize the referees have a difficult job but it’s hard to argue some don’t make life more difficult than it needs to be. There were some obvious calls earlier in the game that were ignored, including a Kings too many men on ice penalty on San Jose’s first PP of the night. A Slava Voynov hook on Logan Couture late in the third period also was undetected. These things happen and you play on, but on a judgment call for delay of game with under 2:00 left, you better be 100% sure.
Many around the league, from players to Executives, will tell you this season has been a struggle for NHL officials. More so than what we’re used to seeing in the past.
This call should never have happened as the referees could not be certain the puck wasn’t deflected before going over the glass. This is where expanded video or a coach’s challenge would have helped the officials get the call right. This has been discussed at various GM meetings and it’s hard to argue it wouldn’t have come into good use in this particular situation.
At the very least, the referees used poor judgment with irreversible playoff consequences.
Familiar faces Could Fill Coaching Vacancies….
The Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche are working towards hiring a new Head Coach to replace recently fired Glen Gulutzan and Joe Sacco.
Sources indicate the Stars could have interest in bringing current Phoenix Head Coach Dave Tippett back to Dallas, Texas.
Tippett’s contract with the Coyotes is set to expire and with the future of the franchise hanging in the balance, he doesn’t appear to be in a rush to re-sign. The Coyotes definitely want him back as Tippett is regarded by many as one of the top coaches in the NHL.
Tippett served as the Stars Head Coach from 2002-2009.
The Stars are keeping assistants Curt Fraser and goaltending coach Mike Valley but I’m told neither is being considered, at this time, as a Head Coaching candidate. Fraser and newly hired Stars GM Jim Nill worked several years together when Fraser was the Head Coach of the Detroit Red Wings AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids.
In Colorado, rumor has it Marc Crawford is interested in returning to the place where he won a Stanley Cup in 1996. Crawford coached this past season in Switzerland and word is he’d entertain a return to the NHL. How interested Joe Sakic is in hiring Crawford is the unknown.
Word is Sakic and Tippett also have a very good relationship.
There are some Blues players who underwent MRI’s after the season and could need surgery to repair their specific injuries. We could learn as early as Monday if anyone will be headed for off-season surgery.
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