- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 7, 2002

Seen and heard at MCI Center:
SPEED IT UP NHL general managers are in favor of a rule change that might speed up the game, a change not unlike the 15-second faceoff rule used during the Olympics. The proposal would speed time-consuming line changes but leave faceoffs alone. The rule is being used this season in the American Hockey League and is being studied by the NHL.
"We like the new hurry-up line changes, which is a better way of saying hurry-up faceoffs," said Caps general manager George McPhee, attending a GM meeting in Florida. "We want to hurry up the line changes; we don't want to affect the integrity of the faceoffs. There are a couple things to be worked out but it looks like it will be implemented for next year."
McPhee said GMs also discussed ways to revert to a modified version of the tag-up offside rule. McPhee said a hybrid version of the current rule which stops play and the old rule which allows players to get back onside while play continues is being investigated.
SUTTER SIGHTING A sign that the trading deadline is approaching is the arrival of NHL scouts by the limo-load. Six teams had scouts at MCI Center, including Duane, Ron and Rich Sutter. Duane represented Florida, Ron for Calgary and Rich for Minnesota.
Dave Fay

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