BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The possibilities of altering the overtime format of regular-season games to include a portion of 3-on-3 play and expanding video review to include goals scored as a potential result of goalie interference will be two of the main topics discussed at the annual March meeting of the NHL's general managers.
The GMs will meet Monday through Wednesday here to discuss the state of the game and seek ways to improve it. Entering the meetings, there are no specific recommendations for changes in rules or format. Those could be developed during the course of the meetings.
"If we don't have any changes, I think we've got a fabulous product," Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "I think it's a safer workplace than it's been in a long time. I think the game is in a great place."
Expanding overtime to include 3-on-3 play was discussed by the GMs at their one-day meeting in Toronto in November. The idea has been championed by Holland, who made it part of the Red Wings' annual Traverse City Prospects Tournament in 2013.
"We understand in Detroit the shootout is here to stay… so how do we have a greater percentage of games decided in overtime and a lesser percentage decided in a shootout?" Holland said. "The shootout fans will get their shootouts, but from my perspective I'd like to see more games decided in overtime than in the shootout. That's all I'm trying to bring to the table."