NHL Rule Changes For 2023-24 Season
No new rule changes for the 2023-24 season have been announced yet. There have been several propositions made by various experts though.
Among the speculations for possible changes, we look at the proposals of NHL Network Analyst and NHL insider Mike Johnson. Johnson proposed several rules in a segment from NHL Tonight.
Johnson proposed that the rules regarding hand passes, change to include players in the offensive zone as well. This could allow players to move more intuitively without having to worry about hand passes.
There were also possible changes he proposed to the rules regarding the goals. Johnson argued for allowing goals that are deflected or kicked in with a skate to be allowed with the exception of those occurring in the goaltender's crease. This is not allowed in the NHL's current rules.
This rule proposed by Johnson could result in a potential safety hazard for the players. Another rule relating to goals with potential safety hazards for players is the high-sticking rule for goals.
Johnson in regards to this rule said, "There is no high stick rules for goals," added Johnson. "People don't swing their stick at pucks, and if they do and they hit you in the head, you go to the box and you don't get to come out when they score two goals."
This rule could potentially increase the number of goals but along with the increase in goals would come the high likelihood of players hitting someone in the face when going for tips at higher heights and an increase in high-sticking penalties.
The video review rule was updated twice in the span of three seasons, it was expanded once in the 2019-20 season to allow referees to review penalties on the video to either confirm their original major penalty call or to reduce it to a minor penalty.
Furthermore, another option of rescinding the original major penalty call was added in the 2022-23 season.