NHL's competition committee proposes new headshot penalty

to The Canadian Press
, the NHL’s competition committee has proposed
a rule change for next season, that would have players given a penalty
on the ice for intentional hits to the head.

Mathieu Schneider
said that the committee met on Friday, and on top of the proposed rule
change also agreed on rules for goaltender equipment and approved the
Heritage Classic game in Calgary for this season.

If you remember,
the committee first sought to block an in-season change proposed by the
general managers regarding head shots when the NHL knee-jerked after a
number of dangerous hits left several players severely injured. The
committee eventually agreed to the temporary rule change, with the plan
of approving a much more detailed plan this summer.

The hangup
this past season with the temporary change was that in-game penalties
wouldn’t change but gave the NHL room to suspend players for breaking a
rule that technically wasn’t in place yet. You could understand the
committee’s reluctance to agree on such a change, but the NHL fired back
saying they could make the change with or without the players’

The NHL’s board of governors will meet during next
week’s draft in Los Angeles, where they will vote on the proposed rule
changes by the competition committee.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?