Flyers Notes: NHL general managers consider extending overtime

Posted: November 14, 2013

OTTAWA, Ontario - The NHL is kicking around extending overtime from five minutes to as many as 10 minutes, a sentiment that was discussed Tuesday at the general managers meeting in Toronto.

"I think they want to let the players play a little bit more than go to shootouts," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said before the game in Ottawa.

From a player's standpoint, would it be exhausting to add more time to tied games?

"I'm exhausted after 60 minutes," Giroux replied, laughing.

"It would take a lot out of you, especially when you play back-to-back games and are traveling," defenseman Luke Schenn said.

Heading into Tuesday, 15.3 percent (40 of 262) of the NHL's games had gone into a shootout this season.

Several proposals were discussed, including five minutes of four-on-four, followed by either three or five minutes of three-on-three. Others would like to see 10 minutes of four-on-four.

Currently, overtime includes five minutes of four-on-four, and some general managers would like it expanded to seven or eight minutes.

The GMs will meet again in March.

The Emery Rule

Partly because of the way the Flyers' Ray Emery pummeled Washington's unwilling Braden Holtby on Nov. 1, the general managers discussed adding punishment for goalies who cross center ice to fight. There will be further discussion in March.

Giroux and the Games

Giroux, who scored his first goal of the season Saturday, said that it would be a "dream come true" to play in the Olympics, but that his focus is on helping the Flyers make up ground.

The broken leg suffered by Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos has helped Giroux's chances of representing Canada in the February Olympics.

"I can't be reading stuff. I just have to worry about my game," Giroux said. "I'm not happy with the start of my season and the team, but if I start thinking about the big picture, that's when guys get in trouble."

Breakaways

After missing four games because he suffered a concussion in a fight, winger Steve Downie returned to the lineup. . . . Kris Newbury was demoted to the Phantoms. . . . After being a healthy scratch in three straight games, Luke Schenn played in his second straight game Tuesday.

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