Future of NHL on general managers' minds on Day 1 of meetings

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello said all one needs to do is look at baseball to understand why NHL general managers spent Day 1 of their three-day annual meetings to discuss what hockey will look like years from now.

“You would have (relievers) for two or three innings, now we are down to the fifth inning,” Lamoriello said. “What will we be doing?”

The GMs met in groups and everyone threw out ideas, all of which will be discussed Tuesday to see what should be considered moving forward. On Tuesday, the GMs are also expected to discuss current rules, such as whether offsides should be amended to make it fit better with video review.

“Everything is positive, but we want to be proactive,” Lamoriello said. “Where is equipment going? Where will sticks be going? We’ve seen what has transpired in other sports.

One group talked about ideas to open up offense. “Should we look at ways to legislate defense?” asked Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving.

Treliving said there was a…

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