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Chimera on hybrid icing: ‘I hate it’

Sep 19, 2013, 2:58 PM EDT

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The hybrid-icing experiment was undertaken to cut down on serious injuries like the potentially career-ending one Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen suffered in April. But despite being intended to keep the players safer, the experiment isn’t being met with overwhelming enthusiasm.

“I hate it,” said the Capitals’ Jason Chimera, per CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley.

Gormley notes that Chimera isn’t alone in his opinion among teammates, many of whom think the rule will be voted down by the NHLPA following the preseason and, thus, not implemented for the regular season.

That would seem to support a report from TSN’s Darren Dreger:

The PA intends on gathering feedback from players starting next week, but no decision has been made by the players as to how the intel will be gathered.

While it’s too soon to predict how the players will act on the matter in the days ahead, there’s reason to believe they will opt to stay with status quo and reject hybrid icing.

While hybrid icing was created with good intentions, some have complained that it’s too confusing and would prefer a more black-and-white rule.

Related: Devs GM Lamoriello dislikes hybrid icing: ‘It’s another judgement call’

  1. ntvd7 - Sep 19, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    How is this rule too confusing???

    Two players racing for the puck, the d-man beats the other at the dot, icing is called…

    It’s not rocket science

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      It’s a very ambiguous rule because it requires the linesman to make a judgment call and we all know how much people love when officials interpret the rules.

      • ntvd7 - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        Very true….

        But I’d rather see this than a guy breaking his femur

        I guess it’ll come to a vote soon enough

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        That would make sense if guys were always getting injured but it rarely ever happens.

      • fuggles42 - Sep 19, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        People hate when officials have to make a judgement call, but they already are on icing. How many times do you see the offensive player reach around the defensive player and appear to touch the puck first, but the official is either screened or out of position and blows it dead. I’d hope they could get the judgement of which player is ahead of the other to the dot right more often then that at least.

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 19, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        That isn’t a judgment call, it’s an incorrect call. There is a difference.

      • joey4id - Sep 19, 2013 at 7:51 PM

        It rarely happened twice during the half season last year.

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 19, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        And when was the last time you saw it before that

      • joey4id - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:04 PM

        And how often does it have to happen before they fix it? Why don’t you do your research before saying it rarely happens? Two players suffered broken femurs last season. Countless more minor injuries and dangerously close calls. You can provide data for say the past 10 years. Thanks.

      • tackledummy1505 - Sep 20, 2013 at 1:10 AM

        Yes but you have judgment calls in almost every sport, does it really matter if its that close. Put replay into it, because hybrid icing is going to already give you more play clock with the seconds they will save from watching two trains going full force into the boards and hoping to God nothing serious happens. This is a smart rule, cuts down on time and will help players adjust to international rules when it comes to the olympics with their automatic icing.

  2. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    I like the irony that it’s “Chimera” who doesn’t like “hybrid” icing.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Man, I was racing down the comment section to make that same observation.

  3. mclovinhockey - Sep 20, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Every single call is a judgment call cause the officials have to decide what the call should be, even on simple things like tripping. This is no more a judgement than a trip.

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