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03-16-2011, 01:37 PM
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This articulates why I think the "5-step" plan will do little to prevent concussions. Equipment (arena and player) is an issue, but the crux of the problem is the behavior of players on the ice. Until that changes (and the NHL needs to do something to make the players change, if it actually wants change) it will be same old, same old.

I also don't think you can trot out the traditionalist "players don't respect each other these days" trope. I'm sure Bobby Clarke and the Flyers really respected their opponents when playing, or Maurice Richard respecting opposing players and officials, or Eddie Shore respecting Ace Bailey. Nostalgia about respect sounds good, but I don't think the narrative is factual.

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