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New concussion protocol goes into effect tonight

Wednesday, 03.16.2011 / 2:54 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The revised NHL Protocol for Concussion Evaluation and Management goes into effect starting with Wednesday's games.
 
Starting tonight, players suspected of having a concussion will be removed from the game and sent to a quiet place free from distraction so they can be examined by the on-site team physician. The physician will use the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool test to evaluate the player. Symptoms include loss of consciousness, motor incoordination or balance problems, a blank or vacant look, slow to get up after a hit to the head, disorientation, clutching of the head after a hit or visible facial injury in combination with another symptom.
 
In the past any player showing concussion symptoms was assessed on the bench by the team trainer.
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Day 3 of meetings sees GMs discuss replay expansion

Wednesday, 03.16.2011 / 2:30 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- After two days of intensive debate about potential head-hit legislation and concussion prevention, the League's general managers spent their final day here discussing a myriad of other issues affecting the game.

Wednesday's discussions mostly revolved around video review protocols, the possibility of adding a coach's challenge and the rules governing the legality of shootout attempts.

The concept of using shallower goal nets also was discussed as a possible way to create better passing angles, more maneuverability behind the net and facilitate the ability of attacking players to attempt warp-around tries for goal.

There also was a fair bit of discussion about re-working the annual NHL/CHL Top Prospects Game to perhaps add more testing elements to the game.
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Button thinks GMs moving in the right direction

Wednesday, 03.16.2011 / 2:06 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Craig Button nearly jumped out of his sun-drenched chair Wednesday while chatting with NHL.com.
 

"I don't think there is enough credit given to NHL Hockey Operations and the managers for looking at where the game is at. You get to this point and there are hot-button topics that are there, but they are talking about these things long before. They don't just show up here with an idea and say, 'Let's do it.'"
-- Craig Button

Button, the former general manager turned NHL Network analyst, covered the proceedings here for the last three days with a unique perspective as the only member of the media who has actually sat inside the General Managers Meetings and voiced his opinion.
 
He wants everyone to know that nothing the GMs have talked about here has been a result of a kneejerk reaction to any one play or hit. That's just not how they operate.
 
"I don't think there is enough credit given to NHL Hockey Operations and the managers for looking at where the game is at," Button told NHL.com. "You get to this point and there are hot-button topics that are there, but they are talking about these things long before. They don't just show up here with an idea and say, 'Let's do it.'"
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Three players adding to iron men totals tonight

Tuesday, 03.15.2011 / 5:45 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

An 82-game NHL regular season can be a war of attrition, with anything from a flu bug to a wayward puck being enough to sideline even the toughest of competitors.

But for three special players, Tuesday's games will mark pretty impressive milestones.

In Calgary, the Flames' Jay Bouwmeester will play his 496th consecutive game, setting a new League record for consecutive games played by a defenseman. He's currently tied with Dallas' Karlis Skrastins.
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Stricter penalties, supplemental discipline keys

Tuesday, 03.15.2011 / 5:03 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

"Boarding and charging is a focus of attention for us, particularly in terms of seeking stricter enforcement, more aggressive enforcement." -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The NHL and its 30 general managers believe stricter enforcement of boarding and charging penalties, as well as harsher supplemental discipline for the offenders, are feasible and immediate ways of making the game safer for players.

The GMs have spent two days here discussing player safety, specifically as it relates to reducing the number of concussions. They believe that defining standards for boarding and charging, and putting the onus on the referees and the players to interpret those standards, will create a safer environment, especially along the boards, where a great number of concussions have occurred this season.
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GMs unable to reach consensus on ban of head hits

Tuesday, 03.15.2011 / 4:33 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- In the end, a universal ban on hits to the heads was not the level to which the League's general managers wanted to travel at this week's meetings here.

Instead, they opted to recommend that existing rules governing boarding and charging be more stringently applied. They also believe the threat of stiffer supplementary discipline for those that deliver illegal hits to the head, as well as for repeat offenders in the League's supplemental discipline process, will have the necessary chilling effect to make the NHL workplace a far safer one.

"By the time the season is over there will be 55,000 hits, and a small percentage are resulting in concussions," Bettman said. "We want to eliminate concussions, but the view is, if we can define a rule that makes sense and doesn't cause other problems in the game, we're going to try and do that."

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Cracking down on boarding, charging

Tuesday, 03.15.2011 / 4:18 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

"I think this whole thing of reviewing safety issues, boarding and charging -- when you read the actual rules -- covers much of what we are talking about today. So it is up to us to articulate the standard verbally and visually to demonstrate to players, media and fans and referees what really that new standard is." -- Brendan Shanahan

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Armed with the empirical data on concussions provided by the NHL's Hockey Operations department Monday, the NHL's 30 general managers spent close to five hours Tuesday trying to shape a comprehensive policy to curb the number of concussions in the game.

The cornerstone of that policy, from comments made by virtually everyone involved in the process, will involve a more stringent enforcement of the boarding and charging penalties in the current rulebook.

"Let me summarize the overwhelming view of the group in terms of what we are going to be focused on," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said after Tuesday's session. "There seems to be, particularly in light of the statistics as to how and where concussions are caused, that boarding and charging is a focus of attention for us, particularly in terms of seeking stricter enforcement, more aggressive enforcement.
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Arnott injury will test Caps' center depth

Tuesday, 03.15.2011 / 2:49 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- The Washington Capitals will be without a major catalyst to their current eight-game winning streak when they look to extend it Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens.

Jason Arnott did not make the trip north with his teammates and Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau described his status as "week to week" with an undisclosed injury, ruling him out for at least the next three games.

Considering the Capitals are a sparkling 7-0-0 since Arnott was acquired from New Jersey at the trade deadline in exchange for center David Steckel and a second-round pick, Boudreau was asked how his team will be affected by his absence.

"I don't know, we'll find out how much it's going to hurt us," Boudreau said. "He has had an impact and we'll miss him, but like any other team we'll carry on."
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GMs suggest stricter charging, boarding calls

Tuesday, 03.15.2011 / 2:20 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

BOCA RATON – Armed with comprehensive statistics about the causes of concussions suffered during the 2010-11 season, the League's general managers spent Tuesday debating ways to make the game safer.

After more than four hours of meetings on Day 2 of the three-day General Managers' Meetings, the group emerged with a mandate to look more closely at the boarding and charging rules already present in the League's rulebook.

NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Terry Gregson appeared on today's NHL Live! show to discuss the Tuesday morning session. He said referees need to think about three questions as they evaluate the merit of a charging or boarding call: Did the player making the hit have any regard for the puck? Is the player making the hit trying to separate the player from the puck? Or was the player making the hit just there to punish?
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Ribeiro, Robidas have Sharks number

Tuesday, 03.15.2011 / 1:58 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- So far this season, the Dallas Stars are 3-0-1 against the San Jose Sharks. Two big reasons for that success against their Pacific Division rival are center Mike Ribeiro, who has 3 goals and an assist against the Sharks, and defenseman Stephane Robidas, who has 5 assists against them in those four games.

"They're good players. The fact they've had success against any particular team I don't think is much more than coincidence. They've had success against lots of different teams. The hope is, and the desire is, that we find a way to be successful again tonight."
-- Marc Crawford

Tuesday, the Stars host San Jose at the American Airlines Center and Dallas coach Marc Crawford hopes for similar showings from both players.

"They're good players. The fact they've had success against any particular team I don't think is much more than coincidence," Crawford said. "They've had success against lots of different teams. The hope is, and the desire is, that we find a way to be successful again tonight."

For his career, Robidas has 16 points in 49 games against the Sharks and is a plus-10. But when asked to explain his current success against them, he admits to being at somewhat of a loss to explain it.
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