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Sutter on hybrid icing: ‘Hopefully they can’t make a rule up next week, too’

Oct 1, 2013, 4:26 PM EDT

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Kings head coach Darryl Sutter is already on record opposing the implementation of hybrid icing.

Now, he’s taking issue with how it was implemented.

On Tuesday, Sutter said it was “strange” the NHL and NHLPA ruled on hybrid icing the day before the start of the regular season, and questioned how many players actually had their say in the vote.

Here’s the quote, from LA Kings Insider:

“Ask the players, because, quite honest, it’s the only rule in the history of the game that the players actually decided on the night before the season started, which seems a little odd.

“And plus, go ask the players how many of them actually had a vote or say in it. If you say ‘players,’ does that mean 700 players, or does that mean 20 players? Go ask. I don’t know. It seems a little strange. Not ‘seems.’ ‘Is.’

“I mean, hopefully they can’t make a rule up next week, too. What’s good about it?”

Sutter isn’t alone in his reaction, as many figured it would be shot down.

New Jersey head coach Peter DeBoer said “surprised would be an understatement” in describing his response to learning the news, and Devils captain Bryce Salvador said “most players I talked to were against it.”

Elsewhere, Pittsburgh’s Tanner Glass said hybrid icing is “terrible,” adding “I hope the vote kills it for good.”

  1. mclovinhockey - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    I know where they are coming from, my wife acts this way when she is on her period as well.

  2. sjsharks66 - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    I would like to know how many players like the hybrid icing as well. It sounded like this would never pass during pre season and all of a sudden it did.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Hybrid icing is absolutely STUPID!

  4. bbobes327 - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    How about we do something that makes sense and take out the stupid trapezoid? Guaranteed once Brodeur is done either this year or next year they take it out anyway.

  5. AppealToReason - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    I wonder if Sutter asked Mitchell how he feels about hybrid icing after being run through the boards by Malkin on it a couple years ago.

  6. macjacmccoy - Oct 2, 2013 at 12:23 AM


    Everyone needs to relax this is a rather innocuous rule change. Its not like taking away checking or or fighting. Their is still a race to the puck. It just takes out the risk of a player getting injured because hes more worried about touching the puck then he is about protecting himself from a head first collision into the boards. Getting hurt is a part of hockey and Im ok with that, but Id rather it happen on a hockey play and not a race. Especially when the race could be made safer by just making the finish line a few yards closer.

    The only concern I have, which is really more of a question then a concern, is what is considered to be a win. Does the Stick count? Like for example if a defenseman’s stick reaches the dot first even though he is behind the offensive player does that still count as a win and an icing? Or does it have to be a body part? If it has to be a body part does sticking your arm out count, or is it more a central mass thing?

    Im sure the officials have be briefed on what is considered a win and what isnt, but my problem with this whole thing is that the NHL hasn’t done a good job of making the answers to these concerns readily available enough.

    It seems rushed, and that’s probably because it was. They should have either waited to implement the rule change till next season, so everyone could be up to speed on the nuances of the rule, or they should have done a better job of getting the information out.

    The way this has all unfolded is going to lead to a lot of confusion and hand wringing to start the year. There’s going to be a lot of sound bites and quotes of coaches, players, and fans wondering why their team had an icing go against them when their player’s stick or hand got to the dot first.

    If the NHL and its owners just used a little forethought before haphazardly implementing a rule change, all the soon to be confusion and discontent could have been avoided.

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