- Pierre LeBrun, NHL
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TORONTO -- The NHL won't be adopting an NFL-style coach's challenge for video replay any time soon but it will have a fresh look for the NHL All-Star Game.
The challenge idea, proposed by Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon in the aftermath of a controversial goal that cost his team a win two weeks ago, didn't generate enough support at Tuesday's NHL GMs meeting and was shelved.
The idea of allowing coaches to challenge one goal call per game came about after the Toronto Maple Leafs' Colton Orr knocked over Florida goaltender Scott Clemmensen and then put the puck in off his skate in a 3-1 victory over the Panthers. The goal call -- and the lack of a penalty on Orr -- left the Panthers livid.
"It's a dead issue," Tallon said during a break in Tuesday's meeting. "That's the way it goes. You win some, you lose some, right?"
Meanwhile, league executive Brendan Shanahan presented to GMs his ideas for a new All-Star Game format. Shanahan would not discuss details with media, saying a formal announcement would soon be made. One NHL GM told ESPN.com that among the changes, while fan balloting would still select the starters, the captains of both All-Star teams would pick the rest of the players from a pool assembled by the league's hockey operations department.
The GMs also discussed the new rule implemented this season making hits to the head illegal. The rule has been a controversial topic in the season's opening five weeks with suspensions or non-suspensions of players. But the message from the GMs to the league's hockey operations staff was to stick with it.
"Definitely," Atlanta Thrashers GM Rick Dudley said. "In general, we feel the league is doing the right things to protect the players in that situation. You have to protect them. And you have to do it without changing the basic structure of the game, and I think that's been done."
A new overtime format was also discussed, but the idea from Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland will be further examined at the March GMs meeting. His idea would see overtime increase to eight minutes from the current five, with four-on-four for the first half and three-on-three in the second half of overtime. That would likely decrease the number of shootouts.
Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney led a discussion on social media policy -- or lack thereof since the NHL doesn't have one concerning players on Twitter or Facebook.
Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com.