NHL GM's not Interested in Having a 3-on-3 Overtime

Hannah Foslien

Yesterday, one of the hot topics of discussion taking place during the NHL GM’s winter meetings was what to do about the shootout. Coming into the meetings, there was a possibly that the NHL was going to change its overtime rules. NHL General Managers’ are on record saying that they want to see less of the shootout. Shootout haters were hopeful.

Good Afternoon Wilderness! Today, were going to talk briefly about the shootout. I know, I know. As most of you know, Sunday night, the Minnesota Wild lost 3-2 in a shootout to the St. Louis Blues.

Right on script, Blues forward T.J. Oshie schooled another Russian goalie during the shootout. This time, newly acquired Ilya Bryzgalov was the victim. If you haven't seen the shootout goal in question, here's the video. It's not pretty, but you really can’t fault Bryz on that shot. He's not the only one to get Oshied.

A fair number of NHL fans are less than thrilled that tie games are settled by the shootout. Personally, I like the shootout, but many hockey fans that I know hate the shootout. This past season, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference used the shootouts to settle ties during conference games, and they received mixed reviews.

Personally, I don’t see what the big deal is? The shootouts are only being used in regular season games and it’s not like they’re using them during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

After watching the shootout drama from the 2014 Olympics, I don't understand why people don't like the shootout? I found it highly entertaining watching Oshie light up Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovsky during the shootout.

Yesterday, one of the hot topics of discussion taking place during the NHL GM’s winter meetings was what to do about the shootout.

Coming into the meetings, there was a possibly that the NHL was going to change its overtime rules. NHL General Managers’ are on record saying that they want to see less of the shootout. Shootout haters were hopeful. Currently, 13.5% of the games in the NHL are settled by a shootout.

One of the ideas kicked around during the annual NHL GM's winter meetings was if the game was still tied after 4-on-4 overtime period, the teams would continue to play a 3-on-3 overtime period. Sounds like a great idea, right? Going into the winter meetings, it looked like this idea was gaining some traction, and that we might actually see this rule change in the near future.

For now, there's not going to be any major changes to the way the games are settled in overtime. In the end, the NHL GM's decided to stand pat and not make any major changes to the overtime rules.

According to Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland, there wasn’t much support for adding the three-on-three overtime or extending overtime beyond the five minutes of four-on-four hockey. Moreover, there doesn't seem to be any consensus toward any particular direction, or if overtime even needed to be changed.

So for now, it looks like the shootout is here to stay. Thoughts?

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