With the NHL's 30 general managers meeting in Florida this week, Craig Custance takes a look at three major rules issues that will dominate the discussion.
The NHL needs to send a strong message by handing out stiffer penalties now and not relying on the players to police themselves and cut down the number of reckless plays.
NHL general managers have decided against recommending a ban on head shots to curb concussions. Instead, they will propose tighter enforcement of rules on charging and boarding.
The NHL is adopting a more rigorous protocol for examining players with possible concussions.
NHL general managers have developed the framework for a new rule that punishes hits to the head.
Hits to the head are a big topic at the NHL's general manager meetings.