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NHL GMs discuss evolution of the game

2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Three

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Slava Voynov #26 of the Los Angeles Kings slides to block a shot on Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings by Mats Zuccarello #36 of the New York Rangers during the first period of Game Three of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden on June 9, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Meeting today in Florida, NHL general managers were asked to gaze into their crystal balls and imagine the league five or 10 years down the line.

It was a brainstorming session, pure and simple. No idea was too radical to propose.

The topics the GMs ended up discussing ranged from awarding three points for a win in regulation to making it illegal for players to slide to block a shot.

“You need an act of God to get a puck through from the point into where a goalie has to make a save,” said Flames GM Brad Treliving, per’s Dan Rosen.

It’s not clear if any idea gained much traction, or if there were really any new ideas. In 2008, then-Canadiens GM Bob Gainey proposed a rule that said players had to have at least one skate on the ice to block a shot. Obviously, that proposal didn’t go anywhere.

At the very least, it’s refreshing that GMs were asked to get creative and come up with ways to improve the game. Traditionalists may balk at some of the proposed ideas, but the action on the ice is constantly evolving. Sometimes, changes are warranted.

Tomorrow it’s expected the discussion will focus on the offside challenge and how the video review process in general can be sped up.