-- Goalie protection was not on the original agenda for Tuesday's meeting of the NHL general managers, but due to the controversial collision between the Sabres' Ryan Miller
and the Bruins' Milan Lucic
during Saturday night's game in Boston the NHL Hockey Operations Department brought it to the attention of the managers in the morning session.
The discussion that ensued reaffirmed for the GMs the position that goalies should never be considered fair game for contact no matter where they are on the ice, which is already spelled Out in NHL rules covering charging (Rule 42) and interference on the goalkeeper (Rule 69). The GMs, however, want to emphasize the importance of both rules and make sure the League is being stringent in its enforcement.
"I'm not talking about plays around the crease because there is going to be incidental contact," Penguins GM Ray Shero
said. "But, we're talking about a regular-season game with the incident with Lucic and Ryan Miller
. If you get into a playoff series and these guys are going to play pucks and you run (goalies) over and get a two-minute penalty, I think you're going to open up a set of pretty dangerous circumstances."
Lucic received a two-minute minor for charging when he and Miller collided in the left faceoff circle. Miller continued to play after the collision but was removed after the second period. He is suffering from symptoms associated with whiplash and a concussion and has already missed one game.