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by Alanah McGinley on 10/03/11 at 05:07 PM ET
Dave Lozo of NHL.com talks to NBC broadcaster Eddie Olczyk about how Brendan Shanahan’s rulings will be adapted by the players:
Q: Is this like any other new thing in the NHL where players will eventually adjust and learn, like the clutching and grabbing rules after the work stoppage?
Olczyk: I think it’s similar, but I think this is a much longer work in progress. I think those other things are cut and dry. To me, those were black and white—the hooking, the obstruction, the holding. This is a part of the game that’s always been there. The teaching aspect of it, from coaches to players, it’s understanding how to make body contact. I like what the League has done with saying body position and body contact—the center of the body has to be the point of contact.
Now, it may be from 10 feet out and you get to two feet and the guy moves or dives. I’m not sure where it’s going, to be honest with you. I’ve been a lifer in the League, and I’m not sure where it’s going. What I think is going to end up happening is the physical part of the game is going to take a step back. For how long, I don’t know, because guys are starting to understand you could hurt somebody and you could hurt your team because you’re thrown out and or it’s a five-minute penalty and it’s going to cost you money at the end of the day.
read on for more on player discipline, plus talk about various NHL teams
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