After heated debate throughout the season, the NHL will implement a new rule beginning tonight prohibiting " a lateral, back-pressure or blind-side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principal point of contact.
After receiving approval from both the Board of Governors and the NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee and NHLPA E-board, Commissioner Gary Bettman issued this statement with respect to the rule.
"We believe this is the right thing to do for the game and for the safety of our players," Bettman said. "The elimination of these types of hits should significantly reduce the number of injuries, including concussions, without adversely affecting the level of physicality in the game."
Kyle Okposo, who has first-hand experience with the effects of a questionable hit after being concussed by a nasty blow from Dion Phaneuf in September, said he feels the action is a "step in the right direction."
Mark Flood, who was recalled on an emergency basis for the injured Dustin Kohn, will make his NHL debut tonight after playing 58 games with Bridegeport this season.
"Obviously, I'm excited. I've been waiting my whole life to get here," the 25 year-old Prince Edward Island native said. "I just want to keep things simple.
Days after backup goaltender Martin Biron returned from Buffalo for the birth of his fourth child, the stork made another visit to the Islanders.
Jon Sim and his wife welcomed a healthy baby boy--7 pounds 1 ounce-- around 4:30 a.m. this morning.
Sim learned that his wife was going into labor after last night's game at Madison Square Garden and raced to the hospital for the birth of his third child.
Congrats to both:)