Speaking of violating rules, does anyone know what is a blindside hit and what isn't? Can skilled players forget about keeping their head up across the middle? Are they allowed to admire a pass without fear of getting hit? What is a hit from behind? Does it matter if the receiving player turns his back at the last moment? Is an illegal hit worse depending on whether a player is injured or not?
The game is so fast and the players are usually reacting involuntary to what's going on around them that it's very difficult to decipher the intent of a players actions. I'm all for taking senseless headshots out of the game, but at the same time let's be reasonable. Hockey is a dangerous game at many levels and especially in the pros. Players know the risks when they sign up to play. You cannot legislate the physical component out of the game.
Here's an idea. Make the ice bigger. Players are significantly bigger, faster, and stronger than ever before so violent collisions are going to be more dangerous. The only problem? It takes money out of the owners pockets because they would lose the first few rows of every arena. The NHL would rather implement confusing rules that make sense to nobody; including themselves.
Also, if the NHL really cared about player safety they would go to a no-touch icing rule. Gary Bettman always talks about how the race for an iced puck is one of the most exciting plays in hockey.
Really? That's news to me because I've never heard that play being a talking point among fans unless it results in an injury. Instead of protecting these players the league would rather have them skate full speed towards the boards where the slightest nudge or edge could end their career (or even their life).