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NHL General Mangers Meeting Recap, Big Rule Changes May Be Coming To The League



GM Meetings Recap

The General Manager had some interesting talking point at the meetings held the yesterday.

The goal of these meeting is to basically brainstorm ways to improve any aspect of the league. The GM’s were told that no idea is too ridiculous.

“It’s almost like a think tank,” New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero said.

“We like the game but how do we improve it and where is it going, and long-term,” Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray said. “That was the discussion and I’m sure all four rooms discussed different things. We didn’t make any decisions but we brought up a lot of things and some were completely off the wall and some were things that you think you would be looking at in four or five years. It was just a barnstorming thing about where the game is going.”

Here were some of the main talking points:

  1. Having just a single face off circle in the middle of each zone.
  2. Eliminating the loser point
  3. Increase the size of the net and zone sizes
  4. Make it illegal for a player to block a shot while sliding and falling to the ice
  5. Offside rule, video review and bye week changes

1. I do not really understand the idea of having one face-off circle in the middle of each zone. I am just trying to comprehend how that would look. The circle would be in line with the center ice circle, which does not sound bad until I tell you that the two defenseman would now be standing directly in front of their goaltender. You could have them line up with only one defenseman behind the circle and one with the winger on the hash-marks, but I still do not like that. I do not see how this would make the game better, or add more offense, it would not improving scoring enough to make the change. They might as just give the puck to a certain team like coaches used to do in practice.

2.Eliminating the loser point is a great idea. If you lose then you should lose. This could make teams want to win more in regulation, and in the end you may see more teams taking more chances at the end of the game if they are down. Yes if they do go to OT and win then they get the two points but that might not happen. This one I could see being tested next season, as this does not make that big of a change to the league, and the play of the game.

3. This rule could coincide with moving the face-off circle in the middle. If the offensive zones are increased then this might work. But hold on this means the neutral zone gets smaller. Currently the offensive zone is 75 feet from end boards to blue line, and the neutral zone is 50 feet. How much bigger would the o-zone get? Ten feet, fifteen feet, more? A 10 foot increase would not be that bad as not much happens in the neutral zone other than faceoffs. This would also potentially lead to more scoring because it would be harder for the defense to clear the zone.

4. With this rule in place this would mean that more shots from the point would get through, which could lead to more goals. This would benefit a lot of teams who like to use the point. It could make more scoring happen on the power play as well. Another thing is that it can help prevent injuries that players acquire when going down to block the shot.

5. The offsides rule is about the ability to challenge a goal due to an offsides that was missed by the linesman. I like the rule if it is what my understanding of it was. That the goal came from a play that led directly to a goal. Meaning that if the team enters the zone. screws around for a minute or so then they score then that is not able to be challenged. But apparently that is the way it is going. I do not remember who they were playing but a similar situation happened to the Bruins. They had gained the zone and were cycling the puck for a while and then they scored. Then the opposing team said oh no goal that was offsides like 5 (hyperbole)  minutes ago. My answer is then the other team had five minutes to get the puck put of the zone so the goal should count. My logic may not be sound but I think that is how it should play out.

Off of that comes the video review, Us Bruins fans do not like it, but as a hockey fan I do. The only problem is there are no clear guidelines about changing/reversing the call on the ice. It is supposed to be like football where there has to be conclusive evidence in order for a change to take place. Another thing is that they take way to long. It sloes the game down, the review should only take about a minute maybe 2 and if there is nothing to be seen then that means the call on the ice should stand.

Last is the Bye-week. This was the dumbest thing Gary Bettman has done yet besides putting another hockey in the middle of a desert. This is not football the players do not need a bye week that is what All-Star weekend is for, except for the players in it. The bye-week should be removed I do not think it help it only makes things worse. We saw with many teams as most teams lost their first game back from the week off since they went a week without practicing.

The meetings continue today, and I think possibly tomorrow as well. WE will have to wait and see what the GM’s come up with.

Justin is a Computer Networking student at Wentworth Institute of Technology and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.


Heaps Out, But Who’s to Blame in New England?



New England Revolution

Heaps Out, But Who’s to Blame in New England?

Hope springs eternal one week into the post-Jay Heaps era for the New England Revolution after a surprise 2-1 victory over table-toppers Toronto FC on Saturday. But despite taking three points from their first match since the skipper’s dismissal last week, the Revs will likely need to win out and receive a good bit of help to avoid missing the MLS Playoffs for a second consecutive year.

Who’s to blame for the slide into mediocrity since their 2014 MLS Cup appearance? Heaps was the first on the chopping block, yet many have questioned Revolution General Manager Mike Burns as well. Voices around the league from prominent agents, to national soccer writers, to the Twitter artist formerly known as @FakeJayHeaps have pointed to the GM’s culpability.

Burns stepped into his role as GM at the same time as Jay Heaps was brought before the 2012 season. In the build to 2014, he played a role in earning the Revolution a reputation for drafting well, utilizing homegrown players and making clever low risk-high reward acquisitions. Is any of that true in 2017? Has it been true since 2014?

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State of Trifecta Network



State of Trifecta Network

The last two months have been a whirlwind. There are no words that can truly describe what has happened to us as a website.

We went from a site that was getting an average of 2-3k viewers a week to getting that in a single day on average since the start of June. Since the start of June, we have been a credentialed member of the media to several of the teams in the area and look to increase that in the Fall.

Ultimately everything we create is meant to be read/consumed by our readers, you.  Often it is tough to get a vibe on what is or isn’t working in terms of content. That is why we would greatly appreciate if you guys give your thoughts in the comment section of this post to help us curate better content.

One thing we are looking forward to in the Fall is more reader/writer interactions. We will start doing Q and A’s related to all the Boston sports teams as well as a live Fantasy Football podcast where we will take your lineup questions.

The launch of the Fantasy podcast has yet to be decided, but expect it ahead of week 1 of the NFL season with a draft podcast. We will also be launching a Fantasy Football league to run alongside it if interested in joining fill out the contact form below with your information.

Trifecta Network is a growing platform, we will always be free and made for our readers. We appreciate your readership and want to build the best product we can to ensure the best Boston sports experience in the city.

You may have noticed more video content on the site, it is an area we are looking to improve, but not focus solely on. Many sports sites are going away from traditional writing, a move that I believe is a mistake.

If you ever have any thoughts or comments please feel free to reach out to us.

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Boston Red Sox: Realistic Trade Deadline Possibilities



Fenway Park

Third Base for the Red Sox has been a void for the last few months, and these names could help them fill it.

As we normally do, every Trade Deadline year after year the Red Sox always throw their hat in the race for the biggest name on the market. This season, Jose Quintana has been the biggest name that was moved and to no surprise the Red Sox checked in on him at some point in the season. With names like Sonny Gray, Todd Frazier, and David Robertson all potentially on the move, I assess the realistic opportunities for the Red Sox to cash in and find their missing puzzle piece at third base. These are some players that you may not of heard of that are likely on the radar for the Red Sox this season:

Jed Lowrie playing infield for the Oakland Athletics.

Jed Lowrie, Oakland Athletics

It shouldn’t be a surprise, but the former Red Sox infielder may find his way back into Boston. With Oakland exploding their team quicker than anyone in the bay area can fathom, most of the Athletics players become a target for trade opportunities (as we saw with Doolittle and Madson). In Boston, Jed Lowrie makes sense.

Lowrie is probably the most obtainable of this list. The switch hitter is hitting a respectable .272 with 10 homers and 33 RBI in 83 games. He’s on pace to have one of his better seasons since 2014, but this is only due to injuries. Lowrie is notoriously injury prone, and his low cost can provide a valuable third/short/second option without moving an important player. He was a platoon player while in Boston before ultimately losing his job completely to Jose Iglesias, then Bogaerts, then Will Middlebrooks so platooning is nothing new to him. With Oakland owing him $6 million next year, you would expect the Red Sox to take part of the contract and give up a fringe prospect for him and to Dave Dombroski, this is pocket change. Prepare for the return of Jed Lowrie in Boston.

Josh Harrison at bat against the Miami Marlins.

Josh Harrison, Pittsburgh Pirates

While this is more of a stretch than a reality, I still want to talk about it in case it happens (making me look smart). Harrison has been a sort of Brock Holt style player for the Pirates since breaking into the league in 2011. A career .282 hitter, he doesn’t wow you with flashy power and high RBI totals. Instead he provides a reliable bat that in the lower half of the lineup.

Despite being a very reliable part of the Pirates lineup, and a potentially good fit for Boston, he is under contract through 2020. If the Red Sox plan on moving Devers like they did with Moncada, they better haul in a bigger return than 30 year old Josh Harrison. But if Dombrowksi pulls the trigger and decides to go with Harrison expect him to move to a different position if he sticks around. He might even end up at pitcher. Who knows.

Eduardo Nunez taking batting practice before the 2016 All Star game. He represented the Minnesota Twins for the American League.

Eduardo Nunez, San Francisco Giants

The former Yankee (and All Star, believe it or not!) is yet another player that provides flexibility when it comes to filling holes, but once again – all we are focusing on is third base. Red Sox Nation may be hesitant to see another former Giant taking reigns over third base but I promise you that Nunez is nothing like that dude that the Sox just DFA’d. In 67 games this year Nunez is just a tick under .300, batting .297 with 4 homers and 25 RBI. He’s also got 17 steals, so the tangible of stealing bases makes him more of an attractive pick up.

Nunez is also signed through this season – potentially making him an even better suit for Boston with prospects waiting. His numbers aren’t flashy, but they’re maybe the most respectable of this list considering he has spent some time on the disabled list. With the Giants in free fall, and more than likely selling the house in two weeks, I would put my money on Eduardo Nunez as one of the first to go.

With the deadline two weeks away, I think these three guys could end up in Fenway Park playing third base really soon. While the main point of focus is finding another reliable arm in the bullpen, it is necessary to find a major league ready third baseman who can provide a tangible that Marrero and Lin can’t at this early in their careers – and that is to hit with consistency. Check back in on July 31st and see the madness unfold.

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