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RAY FERRARO CONDEMNS THE NHL FOR ALLOWING THE POOR OFFICIATING TO CONTINUE

JUN 24, 2021  (21H04)      MIKE ARMENTI
It's becoming more and more mentally draining to discuss the officiating in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it seems to be the hot topic day in and day out. I suppose it's to be expected with so much at stake, but it's tough to look at some of the calls made (and not made) this year and say it's status quo with a straight face.

Perhaps the biggest issue is the effect that re-writing the rulebook for the postseason can have on any potential first time viewers who are trying to learn the game. It can become confusing for some and can have an adverse reaction on the overall popularity of the game.

The officials are essentially deciding the outcomes of games by not calling the rulebook the way it is written and it's frustrating for owners, fans and players alike and, according to former NHLer and current Analyst Ray Ferraro, that needs to change.

"The popularity of the league will not grow in the current form (officiating)," said Ferraro on Thursday. "They have to have a plan moving forward. I don't want to see stars being mugged and headlocked all over the ice. You are just dumbing down the game for those with less skill."

It's important to note that Ferraro came up through the ranks at a time when it was almost open season on any player at any given time, unless teams sent enforcers out to protect their stars.

Ferraro certainly has a valid point in that its no fun to see guys having their way with the league's best players, impeding them from generating a higher volume of what would certainly make the league more popular. Highlight-reel plays.

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NHL STATS
PLAYOFFS
2020-2021GPGAPTS
NIKITA KUCHEROV
2382432
BRAYDEN POINT
2314923
STEVEN STAMKOS
2381018
VICTOR HEDMAN
2321618
ALEXANDER KILLORN
198917
WILLIAM KARLSSON
1941216
NICK SUZUKI
227916
NATHAN MACKINNON
108715
DAVID PASTRNAK
117815
MATHEW BARZAL
196814
TYLER TOFFOLI
225914
MIKKO RANTANEN
105813
GABRIEL LANDESKOG
104913
JOSH BAILEY
196713
ANTHONY BEAUVILLIER
195813
JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU
1931013
ONDREJ PALAT
235813
BRAD MARCHAND
118412
CHARLIE MCAVOY
1111112
ALEX PIETRANGELO
194812
  COMPLETE STATS
NHL STATS
YESTERDAY
JULY 7, 2021 G A PTS
ROSS COLTON
1 - 1
RYAN MCDONAGH
- 1 1
DAVID SAVARD
- 1 1
JOSH ANDERSON
- - -
JOEL ARMIA
- - -
PAUL BYRON
- - -
COLE CAUFIELD
- - -
ERIK CERNAK
- - -
BEN CHIAROT
- - -
ANTHONY CIRELLI
- - -
  COMPLETE RESULTS