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NHLPA Statement From Donald Fehr

Player safety has always been, and continues to be, a great concern to the Players’ Association. In that regard, issues involving the boards and glass in NHL arenas have been a longstanding focus for the players. The serious nature of the injury suffered by Max Pacioretty in Montreal this week reinforces the importance of maximizing the safety in this area and highlights the need to look further into the matter. We will be inspecting the rink in Montreal, and elsewhere, to make sure the appropriate padding is in place. We will continue to gather feedback from the membership, to ensure the safest possible work environment for our players.”

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”...to make sure the appropriate padding is in place.”

It sounded good up until that. It’s still an unmovable object, unlike the glass.

On sort of another note, this proposal by the NHLPA in March ‘09 on the hits to the head penalties is what the rule should’ve always been:

A hit to the head is a check delivered on a player who is not aware of the impending hit and therefore unable to protect or defend himself and the checking player intentionally or recklessly targets and makes contact with the head of the opposing player with any part of his body, including hand, forearm, elbow or shoulder.”

I think the difference between intentionally/recklessly and incidental is wide enough for that to work, or at least right now, work best.

Posted by NathanBC on 03/10/11 at 08:38 PM ET

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It was a legitimate penalty - interference, I hate to admit but Bettman is right - tragic, thank God he’s okay, but the league must rethink the layout of the arena.  2 feet either way, no injury, like fans in the stands, it took a horrrific injury to add additional netting.  Chara is a scapeboat for the leagues failure to ensure a safe playing field.  Otherwise, players expect, when they skate onto the ice they may be injured but hitting a stanchion full force doesn’t apply.  Max, thank God you’re okay and let’s hope the league makes changes.

Posted by Katherine Daley from Hawkesbury on 03/11/11 at 03:23 AM ET

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The words “player safety” coming from the steroid stained hands of Fehr kinda makes me laugh a bit. Maybe he actually means it this time.

Something does need to be done with that arena. The thud sound that Pacioretty’s head made when he hit the stantion was just brutal. Thank God for helmets man.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 03/11/11 at 04:38 AM ET

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It was a legitimate penalty - interference, I hate to admit but Bettman is right - tragic, thank God he’s okay, but the league must rethink the layout of the arena.  2 feet either way, no injury, like fans in the stands, it took a horrrific injury to add additional netting.  Chara is a scapeboat for the leagues failure to ensure a safe playing field.  Otherwise, players expect, when they skate onto the ice they may be injured but hitting a stanchion full force doesn’t apply.  Max, thank God you’re okay and let’s hope the league makes changes.

Posted by Katherine Daley from Hawkesbury on 03/11/11 at 12:23 AM ET

So well said.

The words “player safety” coming from the steroid stained hands of Fehr kinda makes me laugh a bit. Maybe he actually means it this time.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 03/11/11 at 01:38 AM ET

Fehr answers to his base, and if his base was juicing… I agree the circumstances were unfortunate, and in the long-term obviously what would’ve been best for the players would’ve been for the PA to speak up and stop the steroid culture. But with all the money that flies around in these leagues, often, the inmates (have to) run the asylum.

I take this statement from Fehr as a great, great sign. No, this statement alone doesn’t mean anything for increased safety. But it shows for the first time in a long time there’s someone at the top of the PA that’s at the very least a functional human being and/or isn’t being railroaded by his members.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 03/11/11 at 10:36 AM ET

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