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Don’t Forget About The Headshots

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

There should be no problem with the NHL trying to crack down on slashing and face-off penalties, as they did to a comical effect at the beginning of the preseason before backing off a little. Nor should there be a problem with the board of governors passing the new rule stating teams will suffer a two-minute minor penalty if a coach challenges that a play is offsides and is wrong.

All of this is fine and good. Yet it really stands in stark contrast with the league saying nothing declarative towards their biggest on-ice problem — headshots.

When a slash took the tip of Marc Methot’s finger off at the end of last season, maybe it was a wake-up call that the stick rules have been too lax. OK. But when Sidney Crosby missed most of two years because of concussions, then suffered another one last year? Really, you think the rules on hits to the head are stern enough?...

Right off the bat, Parros has levied some preseason suspensions — including a two-gamer to one of the league’s ghastly villains, Tom Wilson. The Capitals forward had previously been a disciplinary aberration, unaccountably avoiding any previous suspensions after numerous predatory plays. 

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