By Allan Muir
With pretty much everybody but Brent Ashton and Mike Sillinger having already been swapped today, the talking heads will have a lot of time to kill on the trade deadline shows on Wednesday.
Chances are they’ll spend more than a little bit of it discussing hybrid icing in the wake of this horrible injury suffered by Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen.
UPDATE: Pitkanen is expected to miss the rest of the season after breaking his left heel in his collision with the end boards.
You’ve probably heard the term before. If not, it’s a rule tweak that would allow officials to blow the play dead at the faceoff dot or at the goal line at their discretion. The thinking is that the option minimizes the chances that a mad race to the puck will end with the skater out front being injured in a collision with the boards.
It was tested in the American Hockey League, where it was well received. The general managers are in favor of it. So why don’t we have it yet?
Surprise! It’s been blocked by the NHLPA, which prefers to go with European-style no-touch icing or simply leave things the way they are.