Automatic icing please!

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OK, it's time for the NHL to institute another new rule.

No, none of this “bigger nets and smaller goalie pads” nonsense, but automatic icing.

After watching the Predators lose their second-best defenseman, Shea Weber, to injury after racing to touch up for icing against the Kings on Dec. 23, and almost losing their third-best defenseman, Dan Hamhuis, in the same situation against Columbus on Dec. 27, the NHL has to eliminate touch up icing.

Sure, there is the rare occasion when a forward wins the race and maybe even scores a goal, but does that one goal really outweigh a team losing one of their best defensemen for a game/week/month because he's injured?

I don't think so and I think the NHL needs to protect the safety of its players by making icing automatic.

Matt Ward, Nashville, TN


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