Totally Warranted NHL Rule Changes the Competition Committee Should Consider

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Totally Warranted NHL Rule Changes the Competition Committee Should Consider
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Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

For those unfamiliar with the National Hockey League Competition Committee, it is comprised of a total of 10 voting members—both players and executives—who decide on rule changes intended to promote the betterment of the game as a whole.

The current collective bargaining agreement, which is admittedly subject to change in the not-too-distant future, cites that the committee is to consider issues related to playing rules, player equipment, facilities, game scheduling, etc.

In the past, they’ve voted on rule changes related to icing, shootouts and shots to the head. In regard to the latter, last summer they approved the change to Rule 48 (the Matt Cooke rule) so that hits to the head targeted from any direction be rendered illegal and not just those that result from a player being blindsided.

With all that in mind, here are six other rule changes that we feel are winners and would suggest to the competition committee.

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