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We got a few minor changes to the NHL rule book for the 2018-2019 season, but none that most were hoping for. No changes to the offside rule (which I didn't expect) and also no changes to how they handle late hits (which I definitely expected).
They did update the rule on awarding goals. That part in parenthesis is the change, mainly the 'would have' aspect:
A goal will be awarded to the attacking team when the opposing team has taken their goalkeeper off the ice and an attacking player has possession and control of the puck (or would have gained possession and control) in the neutral or attacking zone, without a defending player between himself and the opposing goal, and he is prevented from scoring as a result of an infraction committed by the defending team.
They also slightly updated goalkeeper equipment regulations. Taller goalkeepers can now request longer paddles. And they added 'torso padding' requirements. Also more specified rules to elbow padding and clavicle protectors, etc etc.
Boring stuff really.
Where are the major changes, like we routinely see in the NFL now? Lots of people were hoping for a change to Coach's Challenge calls. Then there's the two changes I mentioned above: offside rules and late hits. When do you think the league will address these?
Any other major changes you're expecting in the coming years?