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Long Time Coming

After years of discussion, it looks like the NHL is ready to adopt a hybrid icing rule:

Oklahoma City Barons defenceman Taylor Fedun, who broke his leg on an icing race against the Wild in Minnesota in September 2011 and missed an entire season, certainly wants the hybrid icing rule that the AHL is trying out.

A linesman can now whistle icing if a blue-liner is ahead of a charging forward at the faceoff dots.

The league will vote on whether to keep it a permanent fixture on Nov. 19. It’ll likely stay in. The experiment is for the NHL’s benefit to determine if they’ll go that route as well.

You can bet hybrid icing will become a permanent fixture in the AHL, meaning the NHL will eventually follow suit, probably as soon as next season.  It's a difficult rule to oppose, especially when you consider the hell Fedun had to go through after his horrific injury:

Fedun had a titanium rod and four screws placed in his right leg. Two screws were placed near his hip. Two other screws were placed near his knee. He spent a year rehabilitating the injury.

Minnesota's Kurtis Foster suffered a similar injury four years ago on a similar play, which is why hockey officials are studying a rule used by the NCAA.

I always hold my breath when two players are racing after an iced puck.  The potential for a career-ending injury is undeniable and it's not worth the risk.  Without a doubt, this rule change has been a long time coming.

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Tasca's Take is written by Joe Tasca. Born and raised in Westerly, Rhode Island, Joe works as a broadcaster for seven radio stations in southern New England. Whether that's a testament to his on-air ability or because he has a desparate need for money is debatable.

Joe spends his summers playing golf, enjoying the beauty of Misquamicut Beach, and wining and dining girls who are easily awed by the mere presence of a radio personality. During the winter months, he can usually be found taking in a hockey game somewhere in North America. In the spring, he spends much of his time in botanical gardens tiptoeing through the tulips, while autumn is a time to frolic with his golden retrievers through piles of his neighbors’ leaves.