by Patrick Hoffman on 11/02/09 at 04:10 PM ET
From Jim Cerny at Rink Rap:
So why so many injuries?
Caps owner Ted Leonsis shared a theory with the guys on Hockey This Morning over at XM Home Ice earlier today.
“The schedule is responsible for these injuries,” stated Leonsis. “We just played four games in less than six days. We had two sets of three games in four nights one right after the other. It’s too much. We have to take a really hard look at this. We are talking about very big men, and a very violent, fast game. Too many games in too few days is a problem.”
Good points. But what is the alternative? Play fewer games? Expand the season to include more days off, and, as a result, play the Stanley Cup Finals closer to the month of July? Do not participate in the Olympics?
The answer is that there is no real clear answer. But what is obvious is that the league needs to take a close look at the injury issue. It’s not good when any group of players is getting hurt on a regular basis, no matter the sport.
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