So I was watching the Canucks decimate the Flames tonight and when Henrik got the double minor for high sticking it occured to me that with all the debate about whether or not visors should be mandatory the league could make a modification to the high sticking rule to further encourage players to wear them without making it completely mandatory.
If a high stick draws blood and a player is wearing some sort of visor/face-shield it's a double minor (4 minutes). If a high stick draws blood and a player is not wearing any sort of visor/face-shield it's only a minor (2 min).
The idea being that many (obviously not all) high sticks that draw blood would not have drawn blood had the receiving player been wearing a visor/face shield. So teams that have safety conscious players are getting penalized by only getting single minors in instances where they may have gotten the extra 2 minutes on the PP had their player not had a visor on.
Player safety is encouraged and teams are rewarded with the extra PP time if their players are choosing to protect themselves. Obviously highsticking injuries would reduce as a result of more shields being worn too.
No. Right now visors are a player's choice. If the league wants players to wear visors, they need to try to grandfather them in. They shouldn't be offering the freedom to choose on one hand and then punishing them for making that choice on the other.
The best would be for the NHL to kick the crap out of the refs and make them actually call it by the rules. The rule has nothing to due with drawing blood, its if you cause a injury. Which to me a little cut on the lip where the player will miss no time is not an injury. The refs just call it all the time now if there is blood, hence you have 80% of the people thinking the rule is if there if blood.
Basically the intent of the rule was that if you injure a player causing him to miss time for stitches or whatever then the player that high-sticked him would also miss extra time as well.