One of the largest topics of discussion in the entire league is how to create more goals. “Goal scoring is down” is a line I have heard far too many times.
The NHL has added the “Coach’s Challenge” rule which allows teams to essentially hit pause on the game and order the officials to look at a replay and change their decision on a call on the ice, for example, a missed offside.
Yet the only thing this rule does is take away goals. It is impossible to resume play after the whistle is blown for an offside, even if was wrong and didn’t deserve to be called an offside. But now, we can now go back and take away a goal for something that was offside by a hair (and no fans noticed) and doesn’t truly affect what would have happened in a hockey play. For example… (0:50)
However, the nature of the rule was created for this bizarre missed-call on a goal scored by Matt Duchene…
This hockey play is incredibly rare and we will likely never see something this big missed ever again. But now we have a rule in place to protect against the “rare” goal, yet take away from the common goal… which due to a lack of scoring in this modern era, are becoming rare themselves.
If we want to build the game of hockey and promote goal scoring this is not the answer. In fact, it is restraining this objective. Additionally, it only slows the game down. Most times a coach’s challenge occurs, the call on the ice is not reversed and the whole process is just a waste of time. A boring waste of time that accomplishes nothing at all – sort of like math class. And nobody likes math class.
In summary, the Coach’s challenge either: unnecessarily takes away from scoring goals that are legit to the human eye (but not to slow motion replays watched 10x over that slightly seem offside) OR it slows down the game and causes the fans to lose interest. Both of these results negatively affect the sport.
When we put 1 and 1 together this just doesn’t… well… let’s get rid of math class.