*Spoiler alert* Tomorrow I will be writing a piece about NHL safety and all the suspension we’ve seen this season, heck it’s been dubbed “the stretcher era,” that’s how bad it has gotten. Anyways, I want to include your guys thoughts about what the NHL can and, or, should do to limit these types of hits.
Whether you’re a fan of old-time, big hitting hockey or prefer the European skill side of the game, you have to at some point realize
their is a problem with the NHL. There have been far too many dirty hits and suspendable offences just 33 games into the season. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good, hard clean hit and there have been many clean hits penalized, but no one seems to know the balance anymore.
So today we want to ask you guys what the NHL and the department of safety, needs to do in order to limit these reckless hits and suspensions. Would stiffer penalties for offenders, regardless of whether or not they’re a first time offender help? Start slapping guys with a 20 game suspension for taking a guys head off, if the other guys is deemed to seriously be hurt. The players are clearly not afraid of NHL discipline right now.
Should they get rid of the instigator rule and allow the players to once again police the game? Or is the game simply gotten too fast and the players to big to prevent such hits?
Hitting has always been apart of the game and with the game moving at such a fast rate in which a split-second decision is required, there are bound to be some questionable hits. But the rate we’re seeing these hits at this season leads one to believe there could be a bigger problem.
Vote in the poll, leave a comment with your opinion and then check back tomorrow for my follow up article on the subject of safety and the NHL.