In order for the NHL to be a credible sports league, the impression must exist that teams decide who wins the games on the ice. There cannot be an impression that officials (either on or off ice) can decide these things. Reality is that decisions by officials often impact NHL games. As long as any influence is random and cancels out in the longterm, it is an acceptable situation for the NHL, but this is not an acceptable position for the NHL public. Many members of the public must believe that teams are the only factor in deciding who wins games in order for the league to maintain credibility.That is why the allegations that referee Stephane Auger was out to get Alexandre Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks in Monday night’s game versus Nashville (which Nashville won 3-2) are serious. It...

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