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GMs recommend hybrid icing

Mar 13, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT

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The hybrid icing rule took another step towards being a part of the NHL when the GMs agreed to recommend it to the Competitions Committee in June. As we mentioned yesterday, USA Hockey has a video explaining the hybrid icing rule.

It’s worth noting that the GMs will try to eliminate the gray zones they think exists in the rule’s United States Hockey League and NCAA format before bringing it to the Committee.

“It’s easy to have these ideas and try to push them forward, but when it comes time to actually write up the rules and think of all the situations and all the scenarios that could happen on the ice, making it clear enough so that we can give our on-ice officials the proper direction, there is a lot of work to do,” Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier said. “It’s going to go forward as a recommendation, but there is some cleaning up as to how exactly it is going to work and what directives we’re going to give.”

At least two-thirds of the Competitions Committee must vote in favor of it before it can be sent to the Board of Governors. From there, the Board of Governors can chose to ratify it for next season.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Just switch to automatic icing already! There’s maybe a 1 in 20 times that an offensive player beats the defensive player back there and if it’s closely generally the linesman will side with the D anyway, is it really worth the risk to player safety for that?

  2. sjsharksfan11 - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Such a stupid rule. Let’s not put in the red line but create hybrid icing. Wasn’t the object of not putting the red line in to not have as many whistles? This hybrid icing will produce the same results. With the way these GM’s think, this game will never progress. So far since the lockout it’s become a soft sissy sport ie less fights, more visors, Leave the damn game alone and worry about the passionate fan for once not the casual reject.

    • habsman - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      Typical American clown.

      Removing the red line had nothing to do with a reduction of whistles, it was to open up the game for more scoring.

      Maybe you should concentrate on beach volleyball and leave hockey to the grown ups.

  3. sjsharksfan11 - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Hey Montreal jackhole do YOUR research. The reason why the red line was turned down by majority was because of the fear the whistles would slow the game down. I wasn’t talking about WHY it was proposed to be PUT in you retard. Learn to read. Typical Canadian thinking he knows it all. You don’t…..therefore you’ll never be an American.

    • habsman - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:48 PM

      Are you upset Mr. American clown?

      I understand completely why the red line was removed for two line passes, to enhance offensive hockey. Not to redeuce whistles. And only Americans want to be Americans.

      Did I mention that you’re a Typical American Clown?

  4. sjsharksfan11 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Typical Canadian Clown deflecting how garbage his Montreal team is. You were one of those fools wreaking havoc because your coach didn’t speak French huh? You people are so stupid

  5. proudliberal85392 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    I agree with habsfan and I’m an American. Americans are idiots.

  6. proudliberal85392 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Sorry, habsman.

  7. spizzjr - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    You all realize you’re arguing about nationality in the comments section of an article about a proposed rule??

    P.S. blow habs blow

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