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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Back in 2003, after a lengthy and diligent study, the National Hockey League’s Injury Analysis Panel concluded that hard, bulbous moldings on elbow and shoulder pads were more likely to cause injury than soft Styrofoam, when applied directly to an opponent’s head.
Hard is more likely to injure than soft, the data showed. Another unintended finding, in documents obtained by Sportsnet.ca at the time, showed fire to be hot.
Yes, nobody does committees like the NHL.
Over the years, we have been blessed with such entities as the NHL/NHLPA Equipment Working Group, the Joint Health and Safety Committee, something called a “Blue Ribbon” committee, and various incarnations of the politically divided Competition Committee.
How many times have all sides convened for “frank and open discussion of the issues?” And how many times has anything tangible occurred?
All the topics of the day are brought up by Schneider and Campbell.
added 5:34pm, via TSN,
The reasoning behind the proposal of shallower nets appears to be aimed at giving players more room to maneuver behind the goal.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger the Committee discussed some issues in conjunction with the mandatory wearing of visors including the mandatory wearing of helmets during fights. He stated those rules are not yet at the stage when they would be enforced.
All proposed changes are subject to approval from the League's Board of Governors.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
It has long been thought that when visors were eventually mandated in the NHL the rule would only apply to new players entering the league.
But might everyone be forced to wear one starting next season?
The NHL Players’ Association is currently polling its membership on that very question and will take the results to next week’s competition committee meeting, according to a source.
A survey being circulated by the union has asked players to indicate whether they favour the status quo (freedom of choice), the introduction of a rule grandfathering visors for rookies or mandatory use by all.
TORONTO (May 9, 2013) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that centre Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, right wing Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and right wing Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning have been nominated as finalists for the 2012-13 Ted Lindsay Award. The Ted Lindsay Award is presented annually to the “Most Outstanding Player” in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.
Tiger, Phil and a few others seem to be named the most.
from the CP at CBC,
NHL GMs discussed reducing the size of goalie equipment and increasing video review Wednesday, while both the league and NHL Players' Association sounded a desire to grandfather in mandatory visors.
"Every little piece of goaltender equipment is now a project for a goalie to get bigger," said Colin Campbell, the NHL's vice-president of hockey operations.
Campbell said the instructions to Kay Whitmore, the NHL's goalie guru, are "Do what you have to do within reason to make sure they're still protected to reduce the stopping area."
Current rules allows goalie pads to go 55 per cent of the way between your knee and your pelvis, says Whitmore.
from Nick Cotsonika at Puck Daddy,
Is the NHL Players’ Association ready to support a grandfathered visor rule?
The union at least will ask its members what they think. If they are in favor, the rule likely would go from the competition committee, to the NHL Board of Governors and into the book.
But we’ll see.
“We’re definitely going to look at talking to the guys about grandfathering them in,” said Mathieu Schneider, the special assistant to NHLPA executive director Don Fehr, at the NHL general managers’ meeting. “We’d probably do some type of poll.”
The NHL has been in favor of mandatory visors or at least a grandfathered rule, and the NHLPA has encouraged its members to wear visors. But the league cannot force the players to wear visors without their consent, and the last time the NHLPA polled its members, they were heavily in favor of personal choice over a grandfathered rule.
continued, Schneider mentions more topics which were discussed today...
added 6:23pm, Watch video below of Schneider talking with the media...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
• For starters, the NHL will have the GMs split into breakout groups that will focus on different items. For example, one group will talk about interference on the forecheck, another group will talk about diving/embellishment, etc. The groups will then report back to the main group for general discussion later in the day. The breakout groups are an annual practice at the GMs meetings, although usually they’ve got three days to work with.
• There will be discussion about the merits of a coach’s challenge for video review of goals. This was brought up a couple of years ago by Dale Tallon but got very little traction with GMs at the time. Now, it appears there is more appetite for this conversation. Part of the conversation as well could be simply to give the war room in Toronto a bigger scope in terms of what it can review on goals. Right now, it’s essentially just whether the puck was in or not and on kicking plays. But if the GMs want, it can widen the war room’s scope to include goalie interference plays on controversial goals, etc. Should be an interesting discussion.
We all know the division and conference set-up for next season, so here is the wild card plan as described by Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
The Stanley Cup Playoffs will still consist of 16 teams, eight in each conference, but it will be division-based and a wild-card system has been added as a new wrinkle.
The top three teams in each division will make-up the first 12 teams in the playoffs. The remaining four spots will be filled by the next two highest-placed finishers in each conference, based on regular-season points and regardless of division. It will be possible, then, for one division to send five teams to the postseason while the other sends three.
The seeding of the wild-card teams within each divisional playoff will be determined on the basis of regular-season points. The division winner with the most points in the conference will be matched against the wild-card team with the lowest number of points; the division winner with the second-most points in the conference will play the wild-card team with the second fewest points.
The teams finishing second and third in each division will play in the first round of the playoffs. The winners of each series will play for the divisional championship.
read on for the complete realignment plan...
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