Mike Babcock believes the National Hockey League is making head coaches take the heat as it tries correct a rule that got abused. The NHL’s board of governors gave final approval for a rule change Wednesday, replacing the lost timeout for a failed offside challenge with a two-minute bench minor. “The league made the rule. The league didn’t like it. So what they did is they put it on the coaches now,” said Babcock following Toronto Maple Leafs practice Thursday. “Whatever, doesn’t matter to me.” Babcock’s bench has been quick to adjust to coach’s challenge rules. In October 2015, the Leafs became the first team to dispute a goal with a successful goaltender interference challenge.
Leafs’ Babcock: NHL puts heat on coaches with new penalty
Sportsnet | Sep 28