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01-06-2004, 10:40 PM
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My question regarding the rule change proposed in this thread: Does anyone think the NHL has enough confidence in its referees to implement it?

Often, the difference between a penalized hook and a minor "tug" or something which goes unnoticed is the force with which the player is hooked, or tugged. Or how much he hams it up.

Point being, penalties are sometimes incredibly subjective, so would this rule change give an influence to refs which their performance does not warrant?

Would it make them less willing to call obstruction hooking/holding because it might have an undue influence on the game; or might it make them "ref with marbles," trying to even out the calls so that they don't have an undue infleunce on the game (but which is a self-defeating venture).

These things happen anyways, but if the importance of a power play was increased, they would happen more often, IMO.

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