Joined: Dec 2017
There's little doubt that video review as a concept has made the game better and more fair. But, I think the league opened up a pandora's box when they agreed to allow offsides AND goalie interference challenges. At least offsides is, for the most part, a black and white call. As are the new challenges. I think this has made the game much better and taken some scrutiny away from the on-ice officials.
Goalie interference, on the other hand, is still way too subjective, in my opinion. The reviews often take a long time and can ruin the momentum of the game, especially from a TV perspective. Nobody wants to sit there for 5 minutes waiting for the refs and Toronto to "get it right." I would scrap it completely. The others...I'd keep.
The COL/BOS game last night perfectly illustrates this point about goalie interference. Games should not be decided on subjective, gray-area decisions. As far as offsides, it has to be 100% objective to work, even if the player is offsides by a millimeter or two. Otherwise, where do you draw the line? 5mm...10mm...one stride?