League over-expansion and moving from one to two refs.
When you previously had to have at most 12 refs to work any one night (24 team league, 12 games max at any one night), you now need 30 (30 team league, 15 games possible a night, 2 refs each game).
That's triple the number of spots you need to fill. thats a fairly large dilution of the talent pool. You now need to hire NHL refs that would maybe not have been able to get out of the ECHL in the early 90s.
Fans felt refs were just as incompetent when there was a 6-team league.
Fans of every sport always think that.
It is easier to ref from your couch than from on the ice, especially with replays available, but even if refs sat on couches and had the benefit of replays, the fans would still think the refs suck because fans are clouded by rooting interests.
The refs do as good a job as can be hoped for and the notion that they are biased is a very stupid one, albeit a belief held by a lot of moronic fans.
As much as it may **** me of in the moment, I can handle a bad call from a ref (like the Kreider major). That's a judgement call that has to be made quickly. It happens.
What I can't handle is the wacky stuff the Rangers have dealt with from Toronto. The Miller no-goal, Galchenyuk good goal from the "war room" is inexcusable. Among others.
As my new year's resolution I decided to lay off the on ice/off ice decision making but this is exactly how I see it as well. I don't know why this war room has to be in Toronto in the first place. There should be some agreed upon neutral site. I also don't know why ex-officials and players should be the decision makers. We'd be better off with non-biased observers with no real interest in the game who would have a set standard of those things they need to look for.