Minnesota defenceman Kurtis Foster's broken left leg is the latest gruesome reminder of the dangers of touch-up icing in the NHL.
Foster will miss the rest of the season, including the playoffs, after crashing hard into the boards March 19th, during a race to the puck with San Jose rookie Torrey Mitchell.
Foster had surgery Thursday to repair a displaced fracture in his femur, and a stabilizing rod was put into his leg. Full story
Should the NHL do like almost all other hockey leagues and introduce no-touch icing?
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I don't want to see no touch icing because it would slow the game to a crawl. What about not allowing contact whenever the linesman's arm is up and icing is in question? That way the race is still on but players have to adapt and give way. No more headhunting or worries about the trailing player slamming into you. This might work. On the hotstove lounge they suggested icing is judged by whoever gets his stick across some arbitrary line first, but I think that solves nothing if the whistle doesn't blow. Once the icing is negated the race to the puck is still on and players can then try to position themselves to hit each other near the puck.
Rick W., 2008-03-25 17:16:34
Even the fastest player in the NFL isn't going half as fast as the slowest player in the NHL, and he is not getting shoved from behind by some bonehead three feet from the boards.
Yes injuries happen, but what do skill or intelligenge have to do with racing full out towards the boards for the puck.
Legislating injuries out of hockey is,as you say, impossible, but if they can be prevented from a play that serves no purpose, wouldn't that be good?
Darren, 2008-03-25 15:52:50
What's wrong with injuries anyways? They occur in all contact sports all of the time. Admittedly, we donít like seeing them happen. You cannot legislate injuries out of the game just because some players are neither skilled enough nor intelligent enough, at avoiding them. Sometimes itís just plain freak accidents or dumb bad luck.
Do we legislate banning shot-blocking by defensemen and forwards in fear that they may get injured because they're not wearing goalie equipment?
How far do we go? Injuries happen. Live with it or get out of the game! This is why they make the big bucks! If the NHL wants to really cut out the injuries, they will abolish the instigator rule! There are too many paper tigers in the league targeting the star players and injuring them without any fear of reprisal.
THATÖ is the real issue!
Vince in Ottawa, 2008-03-24 19:43:34
Darren, 2008-03-23 14:54:59
Removing the battle, or fight for the puck on icing will make for lazier players. As the rule presently stands, when a player thinks of icing the puck both he and his opponent believe that his team-mate has a chance at getting to it. Therefore there is a battle for territorial advantage. Changing this rule on top of all the other rule changes that we have already seen will dilute the physicality of the game.
Recent injuries on icing have precipitated this knee jerk reaction and debates from the wimps who want to kill the game. Injuries are a consequence of any body contact sport. They cannot be always avoided or eliminated. If a player worries about injury then he is not cut out to pay at the Professional NHL level.
Keep the touch-up-icing rule in!
Vince in Ottawa, 2008-03-22 04:39:43