The NHL and its officials are looking to get a new CBA in place before the puck drops on the 2014-2015 season. I’m not sure what more the officials need, they can already make bad calls, and miss penalties without repercussions. From a NHL view I hope there is going to be more accountability and a better system to keep the officials in check. But, I’m sure the officials want less travel and more money. Granted that is just a guess.
Fans of the NHL have a love hate relationship with officials; they love when they get the call, but can’t stand when they disagree. It’s really human nature at its finest. But, there is no arguing that NHL officiating is all too often a problem. It’s not completely the officials fault, but then again they are the one calling the game. For fans it seems all so simple. A hold is ahold; a trip is a trip and a hit to the head… Well a hit to the head depends on who delivered the hit, and that is one of the major problems.
There may be a need for more training, and more practice for officials. Maybe while the players and teams are in training camp the NHL should hold officiating classes to refresh memories. Sounds simple, but it’s not. While the officials are all in when the pre-season starts it’s not enough. The NHL and the officials union both need to see a need for change. However, chances are not unlike another negotiation the side will fight, and come from different sides of the issues.
I’m not on either side of this negotiation, and honestly as long as the on ice product continues to improve the officials should be main issues, but as we know they will be. If the NHL wants to make officials happy maybe they need to stop allowing them to not call the game the way the rules intend. After all sometime tough love is really in everyone’s best interest. As the negotiating continues hopeful the NHL and officials union don’t follow the players and owners style and end up striking.