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Eichel’s take on offsides

On Wednesday, ESPN posted a story on how they asked NHL players what rules they would change. Their responses varied of course, from talk about the Olympics to speeding up the game. 

But when they asked Jack Eichel what he had in mind, his response stood out:

“No offside. Just hang down at the other end and wait for the puck to come there.” – Jack Eichel

The Sabres saw a few of their goals taken away by a review, showing that the play was offsides beforehand. This season, teams will receive a two minute penalty if they do not win their challenge.

Whether Eichel actually meant getting rid of it completely, or just rule of challenging offsides, imagine how the game would be played if players didn’t have to worry about offsides. 

Here are a couple other responses from players:

I would make the three-on-three in overtime go until someone scores, instead of doing a shootout. It’s more fun for the fans. The shootout is interesting, but I think [a game] shouldn’t be decided by [a shootout]. Play the three-on-three out — sometimes it ends in 10 or 15 seconds, sometimes it goes the whole five minutes, which I like to see. – Johnny Gaudreau, Flames

No three-point games anymore. I think it would make it more exciting. You look at the standings and you’re like, ‘Oh, so-and-so is .500.’ But they’re really not. They’re 13-13-6, but they’re really 13-19. I think it would make a big difference. – Taylor Hall, Devils

NHL Standings

TEAMGPRECPTS
Atlantic Division Leaders:
3120-5-646
3215-11-636
3015-10-535
Metropolitan Division Leaders:
3222-5-549
2920-7-242
3017-8-539
Wild Card leaders:
3119-11-139
3117-10-438
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3114-11-634
3215-13-434
2915-11-333
3015-12-333
3012-14-428
3113-17-127
309-16-523
327-22-317
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Central Division Leaders:
3218-8-642
3019-8-341
3119-10-240
Pacific Division Leaders:
3318-11-440
3318-11-440
3317-12-438
Wild Card leaders:
3218-11-339
3316-12-537
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3115-12-434
2914-10-533
3114-12-533
3315-16-232
3113-14-430
3112-13-630
3212-18-226