There is some really good new that emerged today. The NHL is going to use the hybrid icing, similar to the one that the NCAA uses for their games. This rule change should make the game safer, and hopefully would prevent more violent collisions into the end boards. The types of hits have the potential to cause major injury to the players.
Former Wild defenseman Kurtis Foster ended up breaking his leg in one of these dangerous and violent collisions, into the end boards on March 19, 2008, during a game against the Sharks in San Jose.