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Zach Werenski Done For The Year With A Facial Fracture

 

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WingedRider's avatar

Should never been allowed to return after that cut. One of the worst I have seen in Hockey.

Boo Columbus!!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 04/17/17 at 11:21 AM ET

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At least their season will be over soon anyway.

Posted by RyanVM on 04/17/17 at 11:48 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Full cages.

I know people won’t like it, but…. we’re starting to see evidence that the half-visors or whatever they are that are mandatory aren’t doing enough.

Just follow the NCAA example and go mandatory full cages and get it over with, and know that everyone’s faces, mouths, and eyes are safe from errant sticks and pucks.  As a bonus, you then also have a built-in reason to eliminate fighting as just a major penalty, because you can’t fight unless you remove your helmet/cage, which is not as organic and thus is much more blatant.  As a *second* bonus, you’ll also stop all the guys around the league that fake getting hit in the face and dropping to the ice holding their face in their hands anytime a stick comes within 17 feet of them.

Posted by Primis on 04/17/17 at 02:21 PM ET

Wings_in_NYC's avatar

Wouldn’t play be whistled down when a player hits the ice like that in obvious distress?

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 04/17/17 at 03:13 PM ET

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You’d think so, but apparently Columbus would have needed to really clearly possess the puck.

Otherwise, how could the officials risk penalizing Pittsburgh in a playoff game when an opponent could just be faking it [sarcasm]

Posted by Lefty30 on 04/17/17 at 03:53 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

Full cages.

Posted by Primis on 04/17/17 at 03:21 PM ET

yep, long overdue

 

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 04/17/17 at 05:10 PM ET

PDXWing's avatar

The possession rule exists so that players don’t fake an injury and have play stopped. The rule should stay as is, otherwise you provide an incentive to exaggerate, dive, embellish, however you want to label it. That wasn’t the case on this play (diving), but history has shown that athletes will use every advantage at their disposal to win.

Full cages are an option, but would probably lead to a rise in stick work and other unintended consequences. Not saying it’s not worth considering, but it will change the game in some way that is undesirable

Posted by PDXWing on 04/17/17 at 09:20 PM ET

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