How to pass a rule
Hi James,Here's what I know, off the top of my head.
Sig here. Have you ever thought about doing a post on process for how rules are proposed and possibly changed? There appears to be a number of parties involved… Competition Committee, NHLPA, Board of Governors, Bettman, etc.
I really think Paul Kelly will try to make a splash at the summer meeting with some proposed rule changes, of particular interest to me a modification to the instigator penalty.
Thank you James. Keep up the great work!— Sig
This process starts with the general managers at their meetings before the trade dealine, which is when we hear all about potential rule changes for the following season. Last month in Naples, Florida, they discussed one-minute penalties in overtime, retaining salary in trades, highsticking penalties, suspensions, the four-minute penalty for drawing blood and, yes, the instigator rule.
Also on the table were talks of an 84-game season (put forward by the NHLPA), changing the date of free agency from July 1, and halting the process of "rental players" returning to their former teams in the off-season.
The majority of the GMs, 16 of 30 or more, need to agree on a rule change before it goes to the competition committee, who (to the chagrin of executives) can veto certain changes.
Those that survive go to the board of governors, and if there's a two-thirds majority in favour of the change, that's when rules get approved.
Others can help fill in the blanks here: Did I miss part of the process?