The NHL GMs are meeting in Florida this week for their annual meeting. Obviously, a big topic to be discussed will be regarding headshots and how to eliminate them.
Crosby was asked for his opinion on the matter, if he thinks that headshots need to be eliminated. Crosby has clearly thought long and hard about this, as evidenced by his lengthy response. Here's a portion of what he had to say.
"That’s a great question. I mean, I’d like to say yes, but it’s more than just saying that. There’s got to be obviously some clarity and everything’s got to be looked at as far as how you do that... But as far as deliberate head shots, yeah. You’re not going to lose anything from the game if you take that away. I mean, if a guy has enough time to line someone up, then he’s got enough time to decide whether he can hit him in the head or not. I think that’s pretty realistic.
But it’s whether or not it’s intentional, sometimes that’s tough to really know when you’re talking about a fast game like hockey. So that’s something they have to discuss. The easy answer is yes, but it’s just finding out how to do it the right way so that you still have that physical element but at the same time, guys are a little bit safer too."
Crosby's answer highlights the dilemma that the league and the GMs face. Hockey is a physical game, how can you ensure the safety of players without taking away an essential element of the game?
I do believe though, that Crosby is right about deliberate headshots. Those could easily be avoided and should definitely be banned. Other than that, that's something that the GMs will have to determine how to go about making the game safer.