Last week I wrote a blog about George Parros being named the head of The Department of Player Safety. He talked about how he wanted to take other cheap stuff out of the game besides headshots- mainly, slashing. Last night undoubtedly proved that George Parros is a man of his word.
NHL Referees called 112 penalties (not including the Boston game because the box score isn’t online) in last nights games. Out of these 112 penalties, 42 of them were slashes at a whopping 37.5% clip. I know it’s only one night of games, but in 15-16 the NHL gave out 8604 minor penalties. Out of these 8604 penalties, 718 of them were slashing calls which dials in at 11.9%. That is a 215% increase. Again, I am aware this is one game and players will need time to adjust, but that’s enough to drop your jaw to the floor.
Even more than this, 9 of those 112 penalties were Faceoff violations. I had people texting me last night telling me that I should blog how the Faceoff penalties are bullshit. Even though it’s true, this rule has been there. If a centerman gets tossed, the next player at the dot can’t get tossed, otherwise it is a penalty. HOWEVER, we have never really seen refs put their balls on the table and call this. I doubt they keep this up, but can you imagine a ref calling a faceoff violation in a game 7 of a Stanley Cup playoff series?
Like I said earlier, I know this is one night and players are going to need time to adjust to these new standards. On one hand, I am pleased that Parros has taken the throne and laid down the hammer like he should. I think that’s good for the game and will take a lot of the cheap shit out of it. On the other hand, the increase of PIMs just ruins any sort of flow the game may have. It is agonizing watch the refs blow their whistle and go full hardo every 4 seconds. Let the boys play.
What do you guys think of all the penalties? Let us know.
Writers note: It looks like Brad Marchand agrees.