GMs MEET IN FLORIDA
The NHL's 30 general managers are in Naples, Florida to discuss ideas to enhance the game.
The topics of fighting and head shots both shared the top spot on the agenda for the three-day summit at the GM meeting.
Canucks GM Mike Gillis talked to NHL.com about where he stands on the issue of limiting head shots
"It's a question of how you police them, how you monitor them and what the consequences are of that behavior," said Gillis. "I think the League has shown recently a propensity of stepping up and penalizing a player pretty severely in the event that there is a clear head shot. Everyone agrees that is something that has to be monitored, looked at and, if adjustments are necessary, to make them."
The general managers discussed several issues around fighting
including staged fighting and implementing a 10-minute misconduct penalty when players engage in an appointment fight. A recommendation that the instigator rule be more strictly enforced, especially when a fight breaks out over a legal hit, was also debated.
"There have been a series of changes that have occurred through equipment and other reasons, conditioning and size of the players, and as a progressive league we have to monitor them and make sure you're doing the best job possible," said Gillis. "We have now entered another phase where people have to evaluate what is going on."
For more on the NHL's GMs' opinions on fighting in hockey, check out What they're saying
Listen to podcasts from the 2009 General Managers' Meeting: NHL senior VP and Director of Hockey Ops, Colin Campbell NHL VP and Director of Officiating Stephen Walkom NHLPA chief Paul Kelly