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GMs argue about headshots

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- NHL GMs can't come to a concensus on headshots.

While they had a spirited debate during a three-hour meeting yesterday at a hotel here before Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final, league officials agreed to monitor the situation next season before deciding if further action needs to be taken.

"It's an ongoing discussion," said Boston GM Peter Chiarelli, who was without C Patrice Bergeron for almost an entire season after he got nailed by Philadelphia D Randy Jones in 2007-08. "It was a little boisterous here.

"It's a hot-button issue. We feel we're making progress. We'll continue to track it. We've gone over the blind hits, all those different scenarios. There is no easy solution."

A number of GMs are concerned it will take physical play out of the game. Told the players intend to fight for a new rule on headshots at the competition committee, Toronto GM Brian Burke dismissed it.

"They can bring that fight for it if they want. There is no appetite in this group. None whatsoever," said Burke.

OFF THE GLASS

Top prospects C John Tavares, London (OHL), D Victo Hedman, Modo (SWE), C Matt Duchene, Brampton (OHL), C Evander Kane, Vancouver (WHL) and C Brayden Schenn, Brandon (WHL) were invited to attend Game 3 ... Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Dave Molinari and Blues president John Davidson will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November. Molinari received the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for print journalism, while Davidson, a former broadcaster, will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award ... Detroit C Pavel Datsyuk missed his fifth straight game last night. He hasn't been on the ice since Saturday and there is speculation he may not return ... At Burke's urging, the GMs voted to bring in a trophy to honour the NHL's GM of the year at next year's awards ceremony.


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