-- Several general managers said Tuesday that what happened when the Tampa Bay Lightning
and Philadelphia Flyers
incurred "a stalemate" during a game last week needs to be monitored moving forward, but no changes need to be made for now.
Tampa Bay's strict adherence to its 1-3-1 defensive system, and Philadelphia's decision to hold the puck in its own zone and try to force the Lightning out of that alignment, sparked a discussion among the NHL's general managers during their annual fall meeting.
"We went around the room and got every manager's opinion on where we're at with that," NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell
said. "I led the discussion saying we've played over 8,000 games since we took the red line out and this is the first time we've had a particular incident like this. We saw it in the World Junior [championship] one time, but the managers for the most part felt it is something we have to watch, work on and talk about it more in March. It's not the type of hockey you want to throw at your fans very often."
Added Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman
: "It was good. We got everybody's opinions on things, and it was good. I think the general consensus is just monitor the game and the way it is played, and potentially if there are problems going forward that need to be adjusted, at the appropriate time there will be."