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Ken Holland and Rob Blake attempt to explain head-shot rule tweak on Hockey Night in Canada

Red Wings GM Ken Holland and NHL executive Rob Blake spoke to the CBC’s Ron MacLean in a special Satellite Hotstove on Wednesday night’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast, explaining both the tweaks to the head-shot rule, Holland’s role in some of Colin Campbell’s rulings and the game’s hybrid American/European status, physicality included:

The NHL’s expanding of the rule is still bloody confusing—according to the Toronto Sun’s Mike Zeisberger, Aaron Rome’s hit on Nathan Horton was and is, by the NHL’s standards, a legal hit, but too late for the, “Keep your head up” clause to apply, but it’s interesting to hear two articulate gentlemen attempt to explain what the NHL’s trying to do to curb hits to the head as the game evolves.

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Nathan's avatar

It is just not appropriate for any GM to be consulted, even in the slightest way, by the league when they are trying to pin supplemental discipline on a specific incident.

Obviously the GMs must be involved in the “meta” process, discussing what things should be legal and illegal, but you can’t bring them in for specific incidents and allow them to influence those decisions.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 06/09/11 at 09:18 AM ET

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