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02-26-2013, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Kriss E View Post
That's the whole point. Rules should be the same for everyone. They're not.
That's why you have the guy calling a penalty 30 feet away from him while the guy that's 2 feet from it let's it go. It's freaking ********.

But the consistency this year is particularly bad. Even Darren Dreger said the complaints he's been receiving from GMs this year is the worst he's seen since working the NHL. So, it's not just fans noticing it.
Dreger said this morning that officiating will most likely be the main subject of discussion in the next GM meeting because teams across the league are completely lost. He also said that the officiating had been discussed previously, but that the refs are not doing what was demanded.

Never said Refereeing is easy. Doesn't mean that they're doing a good job.

That's coming from Dreger, who's reporting what GMs have told him. So, if you don't want to take my word for it, take Dreger's.
The only way to get that consistency is to have them "try" to call everything which will lead to lots of phantom calls, because the refs will be pressured into calling it even if they are not really sure. Not too mention there will be no flow to the game which would make it boring.

I haven't noticed the game to game consistency being any worse this year (Though I don't watch much non Habs games). But there were a few really high profile blown calls. So I think that's where a lot of the talk is coming from.

Saying the referee's need to be better is great, there's obviously room for improvement but how can the league achieve that is a difficult question to answer.

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