Players must adapt to control the increasing epidemic of reckless hits

Friday October 25th, 2013
Sabres' John Scott is expected to be punished after blindsiding Bruins' Loui Eriksson (not pictured).
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So then why can't some of these players adapt to this? A rule against headshots has been in place in some form since 2010-11. So why can't they stop themselves from picking off heads? I concede that hockey is a fast and rough game, and some awful hits are going to be unavoidable. But those instances should be rare, not a once-a-week occurrence. If players are really as good at adapting as they claim, then now it's up to them to adapt to this. Either take the body or abort -- for the betterment of the game and their fellow man.

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