Mathew Barzal wants to get rid of referees on the ice, with the wildest suggestion on rule changes in the NHL

The NHL Player Media Tour was last week in Las Vegas, Nevada, and as always, it was lovely for the fans.
The Media Tour does not just send a signal that the season is getting closer. It also brings some great content.

Several stars were in Las Vegas to answer questions from reporters, participate in podcasts, and produce some top content for the league and their respective clubs.

If you love NHL, you love the media tour. But it wasn’t just all fun and games. It also brought some serious discussions. ESPN asked several players what rule they would change or remove in the NHL if they had the opportunity.

The most common answer was to play 3-on-3 until somebody scores to get rid of the shootout. But the most surprising response came from Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders.

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According to reporter Greg Wyshynski, Barzal has a full list of potential rule changes on his phone. But one thing he pointed out from the list is the removal of two referees.

“Here’s what the league needs to do: The league needs to find a way to only have two refs on the ice. The refs are in the way all the time. There needs to be a way to have the game controlled without officials being in the way. It’s always happening,” Barzal said.

On social media, a lot of people agree with him.

“I have been saying this for years!!!! Two-ref system has only led to inconsistency in-game, and there’s no room for four on the ice. Authorize the linesmen to make certain calls, remove at least one body,” journalist Eric Engels said.

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