Okay, I don’t really have much to say on this topic, but yesterday the NHL Competition Committee met yesterday and one of the topics on the docket was mandatory visors. After the debate, it appears that beginning next season, all players who enter the league will be required to wear visors. In my opinion, if a player does not want to wear a visor, he does not have to wear a visor. The player knows what he wants and knows what he is comfortable with. Hockey can be a dangerous game and if you are a player about to make their NHL debut, you know that and you know the possibilities when it comes to facial injuries. Don’t force them to do something they do not want to do. It’s a choice.
Here are some other possibilities when it comes to rule changes that could be in store for next season:
-All double minor penalties for high-sticking will be subject to video review.
-The League will eliminate the attainable pass, which gave linesmen the discretion to wave off icing infractions on attempted passes that are deemed to be attainable. With the new standard, there must be contact with the stick.
-The NHL will experiment with hybrid icing in the preseason before a decision will be made by the Board of Governors on whether to carry it into the regular season or maintain the current standard.
-A sub-committee will be formed as early as next week to study all equipment worn by goaltenders and skaters.
-Beginning next season, the NHL could use nets that are 4 inches shallower. Nets will still be 6 feet wide by 4 feet tall, but they will be 40 inches in depth, down from 44 inches.
Eh, it’s whatever. When it comes to icing, I wouldn’t really mind the hybrid icing, but I also wouldn’t mind if they didn’t institute the hybrid icing. Other than that, I don’t think any of those are going to dramatically change the game. Maybe it’s more of me being in a I-don’t-give-a-sh*t mood. Some others sentiment might be more like this, “They have a plan…but not a clue.” OR “Prepare yourself for the most exciting, mesmerising and terrifying two hours of your life!” OR “The snobs against the slobs!” Yeah, okay, I don’t know where I’m going with these movie tag lines, but you get the point.