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02-07-2011, 08:49 PM
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SI's Hackel on the state of affairs as Boston's Savard is "shut down" for the season due to concussion(s).

Recalls that in 2009 NHLPA's Kelly suggested to the GMs that more needed to be done to prevent head shots/injuries. Was not well received. However, in 2010, they reversed themselves and instituted Rule 48.

And on the inconsistency in calls...
Sports Illustrated’s Pierre McGuire, who gets as close to NHL action as anyone when announcing from rinkside for NBC and TSN, was asked about the Boyle hit this morning on Ottawa radio Team 1200 and he wondered if the Ranger defenseman would be suspended because he has no previous headshots on his record. McGuire decried the inconsistency in the headshot rulings and added, “There’s got to be something that happens that gets the attention of these players and I don’t know what that is. They had a chance to do something with Danny Paille, which was clearly…a malicious play and a predatory play and they gave him four games.”
McGuire, who has long been an advocate for stronger measures against hits to the head admitted that he was frustrated by the league’s response to the issue. “You get to the point where you talk so much about it over the last 10 to 12 years; you knew it was an issue because you’re down there all the time, yet it seems to have not really caught the attention of the decision makers in the league.”

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