GM meetings produce anti-shootout rhetoric

Just like everyone else, NHL general managers are sick of the shootout.

According to reports from the general manager meetings held in Philadelphia on Wednesday, league GM’s are fed up with the number of games that end in the gimmick and have put on the table of discussion how to slow down the particular result.

“Not a pressing issue, but managers have been asked to come up with suggestions to curb them (shootouts),” TSN’s Darren Dreger reported via his twitter.

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Detroit GM Ken Holland has suggested overtime be extended from five minutes to either eight or 10, with the extra session played 4-on-4 and the other half played 3-on-3.  The reasoning is that 4-on-4 for five minutes simply isn’t working and too many games are being decided by the shootout.  Although the NHL would still keep shootouts in the game, Holland is asking to give teams better opportunities to end the game during live action.

However, despite the extra time discussion, there has been no movement on the point distribution front where teams that lose in overtime still gain what has been disrespectfully referred to as the “loser” point.

In 2009-10, 184 of the 1230 wins by NHL clubs came by way of shootout, equaling 6.68% of all victories.

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