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Bettman says vast majority of NHL GMs favor hybrid icing

Sep 23, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

The NHL’s Board of Governors meeting wrapped up on Monday, and while issues such as general player safety and the Olympics were covered, the most interesting discussion might be regarding hybrid icing. NHL.com reports that Gary Bettman said that, when it comes to the league’s GMs, most remain on board with the rule change.

Bettman’s discussion of hybrid icing begins at around the 44-second mark of the video below:

In case you don’t want to watch the clip, Bettman said that the “vast majority” of GMs approve of hybrid icing (despite voicing some concerns). The players, meanwhile, need to get organized to vote on the rule before the preseason ends.

Whether the NHLPA votes to keep things the same or not, Bettman said that the league will stick with the same version of icing for the entirety of the 2013-14 campaign.

Update: TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the NHLPA plans a full member vote on the issue. No word on the deadline for such polling.

Here’s a collection of viewpoints on the issue:

So, if various reactions are any indication, players could be pretty mixed on this issue … assuming they get around to voting on it, in the first place.

  1. lukasksg - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    What about that stupid tugging your jersey in?

  2. badintent - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    NIce lockout issue. With all the goon thug pre season action, a lockout would be a good time out fo these bad little boys swinging their sticks like some grand theft thugs in a video game

  3. matt14gg - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Hybrid icing is terrible. What the hell is wrong with the rule the way it is? Just race for the puck with no contact. As far as Bettman goes, I flat out think he’s either lying or guessing when he says most GM’s favor it. I don’t see how they could cuz it’s not real hockey. It’s some silly contrived rule that only makes icing more confusing.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      Just race for the puck with no contact? Yet, explain how two major injuries were sustained with the current rule? If players and owners are as serious as they want us to believe that they are about player safety, this new icing needs to be implemented.

  4. Stiller43 - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    It only makes it more confusing for people that are often confused by other non-complicated issues.

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Hybrid Icing is flatout STUPID!! How many times have you seen scoring opportunities created from a player who won the race to the puck on a delayed icing call? Hybrid icing practically takes away those potential opportunities. I’m not a fan of this rule one damn bit.

    Also the no jersey tuck rule is very stupid as well…next they’ll tell Ovie he can’t wear his neon green laces because they don’t match the Crapitals colors of Red Blue& White.

    In all seriousness Crookman and his Butt Buddy Daly need to go!!!

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      See my above comment, as icing is related to injuries. Would you rather have Olympic icing where, as soon as the puck crosses the line, it’s whistled dead?

      Outside of your name ending in a “z” and your nice shot at Bettman and Daley, I’d almost pass you by for a 14 year old.

    • valoisvipers - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      @PenzRule You ask “How many times have you seen scoring opportunities created from a player who won the race to the puck on a delayed icing call?”
      I ask How many of those opportunities resulted in goals? The answer is not many so why risk injury to star players? The will still be a race for the puck only a shorter race so why not?

  6. cliffatola - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    With the performance of the officials in the playoffs and their serious issues with consistency I really don’t think we should be putting judgement calls like this into the hands of them too.

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