The NHL met this week to discuss some possible rule changes, and I have to admit that a few of the issues had me pretty excited. Since there isn’t much going on these days, I have decided to discuss each issue individually throughout the week, so make sure to check back every day to read about the issues and put your two cents in the comments section.
The first rule that I will touch on is a possible hybrid icing. For those who don’t know, the rule would essentially make icings no-touch unless the fore-checker is in a better position to play the puck by the time the competitors reach the face-off circle. I have long been a proponent on no-touch icings, and this rule is even better because it allows the competition for the puck to continue while still eliminating the potential career-threatening injuries of players getting hit from behind.
Defenseman are often defenseless (no pun intended) on icing plays, and I can’t tell you how many times I have held my breath as a player was sent head-first into the boards on just such a play. The hybrid icing call could protect these players, and in my opinion it also speeds up the game if players don’t have to chase the puck all the way down the ice on obvious icing plays.
I don’t know if any of these rules have a serious chance to be changed, but I would fully support a hybrid icing rule if the league were to implement it in the coming seasons. If anyone has an opinion on the issue, let it be known in the comment section.