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Senators’ Methot: hybrid icing ‘protects me’

Sep 20, 2013, 11:50 PM EDT

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Earlier in the day, a story appeared on ProHockeyTalk outlining Darryl Sutter’s opinion on the new hybrid icing rule. He wasn’t in favor of it.

The [old] rule’s fine,” said Sutter, the L.A. Kings head coach. “I don’t know why, quite honest, why we…change it. The rule’s fine. I know everybody thinks, they say, ‘Oh, this guy got hurt,’ or ‘this guy got hurt.’ You can count on one hand how many in the last five years.”

To add balance to this story, here are the thoughts of Ottawa Senators defenseman Marc Methot. He likes it.

“As a defenceman it protects me,” Methot told Senators Extra.

“I know it’s going to be hard for linesmen because they have to make a lot of judgment calls and I’m sure they’re going to take a lot of heat from coaches, but that’s the game. And if you can protect the players as far as I’m concerned you’re making the right call.”

  1. kingsforever - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Asking this guy about safety is about the same as asking Rambo about efficient ammunition use

  2. deeboy - Sep 21, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Ask Joni Pitkanen what he thinks of hybrid icing. His career could be over

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      You are exactly right. That’s why hybrid icing will come sooner or later for the reason stated above.

  3. akmd1984 - Sep 21, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    I’m really getting sick of these sports trying to legislate all of the risk out of the game. The players know the risks when they sign on the dotted line. It’s one of the reasons they get paid six figures a year at the bare minimum.

    Hybrid icing sucks as far as I’m concerned. It adds another judgement call to the linesman’s responsibilities that can too easily be screwed up. Plus, it doesn’t even solve the problem they’re trying to address. Think about it, if two players are even at the face of dots when racing for the puck the play is not going to be called icing and they’ll be skating full speed with every bit a chance of having a Pitkanen type crash into the boards.
    These player safety rules have gotten out of hand. Hell, Clint Malarchuck damn near was killed on the ice by a skate blade thirty years ago. Is Bettman going to ban skate blades if that happens again?

    • joey4id - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Wow! I get that you don’t like the hybrid icing, and you make a good point about tight races. The rule may not be perfect, and may not even be implemented come October 1. However, your view about sports trying to make it safer for the athletes is distorted. Every dangerous job has it’s risks, and employers have an obligation to make the environment safe. Why should it be different for athletes? Players don’t get paid according to risk. They get paid according to their talent and return on investment and hockey related revenue. Is a player’s life and safety worth less for those making a 6 figure salary versus those making a 7 figure one? I think not.

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