Vancouver Canucks Head coach Rick Tocchet and the referee
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NHL issues warning to Oilers and Canucks ahead of playoff series

Published May 7, 2024 at 8:59 PM

Ahead of their second-round playoff clash against the Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet disclosed that the NHL convened a meeting with teams and coaches regarding players exaggerating calls to draw power plays—an issue that has seemingly become an art form.

Tocchet highlighted the significance of this discussion, especially with the Oilers, a team known to capitalize on such opportunities. While he refrained from directly accusing Edmonton, he emphasized the need for vigilance.

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.

Expressing his disdain for embellishment, Tocchet stressed the importance of referees maintaining heightened awareness during the playoffs. He criticized the prevalence of diving and exaggerated falls, urging coaches to set better examples and discourage such behavior.

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

Tocchet also called on the NHL to take action if coaches fail to address the issue, advocating for stricter measures to curb embellishment on the ice.

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