Vancouver Canucks coach Rick Tocchet
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NHL Warns Canucks and Oilers prior to Playoff series

Published May 6, 2024 at 8:15

Ahead of their second-round playoff series against Pacific Division rival Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet revealed the NHL held a meeting with teams and head coaches about players embellishing calls to score power plays. it's turned into an art form.

Interesting to hear Tocchet say that the NHL had a meeting with the teams today and one of the points of emphasis was embellishment. Heading into a series with the Oilers, who we know are willing to do what they have to do to create PP chances, that could be very important.

Lately, players are taking dives left and right, even when barely touched. Tocchet isn't having any of it. He's not saying the Oilers are guilty, but he's keeping an eye out.

I can't stand embellishment. I'm not pointing fingers at Edmonton, but refs need to be on high alert during the playoffs.

He's got a point. Flopping and overdramatic falls have become way too familiar.

Snapping heads, falling down I think it's become a lot. I think it's up to the coaches. I don't think you can promote that stuff. If not, the NHL has to do something about that stuff with the refs.

Tocchet thinks it's up to the coaches to set a better example and not encourage that kind of behavior. And if they don't, well, he's calling on the NHL to step in and do something about it.
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NHL Warns Canucks and Oilers prior to Playoff series

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