The NHL's general managers will recommend to the board of governors changing the regular season overtime format for the 2015-16 season to five minutes of 3-on-3 play. The GMs came to this decision on Tuesday during the NHL GM Meetings currently underway in Boca Raton, Fla.
It was originally thought the NHL would adopt the AHL's current seven-minute overtime format in which each team would play 4-on-4 for three minutes before switching to 3-on-3 for an additional four minutes. TSN's Bob McKenzie reported that the NHLPA was opposed to this which led the GMs to agree to the full 3-on-3 as an alternative.
This became a topic of debate due to the growing number of games decided by a shootout. Many hockey fans see the shootout as gimmicky and the hope is the 3-on-3 will allow more games to be won in overtime.
The GMs will also recommend expanding video review to give coaches a challenge for missed goalie interference and offsides calls. This would allow a coach to challenge for a review of a goal scored against his team to determine if there was a missed offside or goalie interference call specifically. Coaches would not be able to challenge for any other reason and the challenging team would have to have a timeout in order to challenge.
Both rule changes will require approval from the board of governors. The board is expected to vote on the recommendations on Wednesday.
What are your thoughts on the possible rule changes? Are you in favor of seeing fewer shootouts or does the 3-on-3 feel just as gimmicky?