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11-15-2010, 10:09 PM
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The instigator rule is the reason that things have changed, period.
It is just that simple.
You can't simply take the players number any longer and then get even later on because you have to consider that you could cost your team the game by putting them down a player at a critical time.
Now the real question in my opinion is that if you have changed the game that significantly by adding in the instigator then the beneficial results should be obvious shouldn't they? If the instigator is keeping players from getting even for cheap shots then shouldn't there be a notable fluctuation in the amount and or severity of injuries as a result of these types of hits?
The answer is yes and that there absolutely has been a significant increase in the amount and number of man hours lost to injury as a result of these types of hits. Heck, the amount of and number of man hours lost to concussions is up by over 52% since the instigator rule has been a part of the game (52,3% according to the NHLPA as of 3/12/10).
Allot to consider and of course an argument could (and maybe should) be made for the result of these significant increases being caused by other variables (size and age of the players, equipment changes etc) but clearly the game has been changed significantly by adding the instigator rule and in my opinion quite obviously for the worse.
To quote Kevin Lowe "the instigator rule is only going to cause skill players to get hurt, real bad".
Its tough to argue that it hasn't.
On HNIC they talked to the doctor in charge of all concussion issues and he works with the NHL. He said he was glad to see the rise in concussions because it showed that more concussions were being diagnosed properly. IMO you can't equate the instigator with hard clean checks. Heck look at the Savard and Booth hits. They caused damage and were deemed clean.
Also look at the result of fights as of late. Ivanans gets a concussion, Koci broken jaw, and there is always the head hitting the ice issue. Fighting ADDS to the concussion and injury problem
As for Avery I remember guys like Ken Linseman and Bill Barber being very dirty and they never dropped the gloves regularly. Yes they had bigger teammates looking after them but why didn't someone jump them to set them straight? Yesterday Smid should have just grabbed Avery and started punching him if he truly deemed the hit on Fraser as dirty. The score was 7-2 at the time and the game out of question. Don't half ass being tough. Also even the goons that play the game often try to get the jump on one another.
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