ALBANY, NY – The American Hockey League’s Board of Governors meeting was held last week and a few of the decisions from the gathering may have flown under the radar because of the recent signings by the New Jersey and Albany Devils.
One of the changes to the AHL rule book next year will prohibit the offending team on an icing violation from using a timeout to rest its players. If you recall, the offending team is not allowed to make a line change after an icing.
The voice of the Albany Devils Josh Heller provides his take on the new rule:
“I really like the new icing rule and am looking forward to seeing its impact. Over the course of a season, I’d say 90 percent of all timeouts taken come after a team ices the puck — in order to give the players out there a rest since you aren’t allowed a line change. Now, a coach won’t be able to let his team have a breather and there will be some tired players out there. It could be a great opportunity for a team to take advantage and score some goals.”