Class Action Settlement for NHL GameCenter LIVE and NHL Center Ice Purchasers Means Special Benefits Available – Click Here to Find Out More
 
2015 NHL Draft
SHARE

NHL general managers expected to debate whether to reinstate red line to curb concussions

Monday, 03.12.2012 / 6:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

Share with your Friends


NHL general managers expected to debate whether to reinstate red line to curb concussions

BOCA RATON, Fla. - NHL general managers are beginning three days of meetings with concussions again a topic of discussion, and a debate is expected about whether to reinstate the centre-ice red line.

Several GMs have said they would like to see the red line and two-line passes return in an effort to slow the game in the neutral zone. That might reduce the rate of concussions by making collisions less violent.

There is opposition, however, with many arguing that the removal of the red line in 2005 made the game more entertaining.

Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford says another topic of discussion will be curbing fights to reduce concussions. Subjects discussed Monday included hybrid icing, hand passes and changing on the fly.

Quote of the Day

I definitely think going back down helped me, I had a lot of confidence down there, I played a lot of minutes and I think that helped me a lot. With the 37 games up here, that gave me experience as well. I know what it takes to play in the NHL and now it's time for me to show that I'm capable of being a full-time NHL player.

— Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on finishing the 2014-15 season in juniors after playing 37 games with Edmonton to begin the season