The hybrid-icing experiment was undertaken to cut down on serious injuries like the potentially career-ending one Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen suffered in April. But despite being intended to keep the players safer, the experiment isn’t being met with overwhelming enthusiasm.
“I hate it,” said the Capitals’ Jason Chimera, per CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley.
Gormley notes that Chimera isn’t alone in his opinion among teammates, many of whom think the rule will be voted down by the NHLPA following the preseason and, thus, not implemented for the regular season.
While hybrid icing was created with good intentions, some have complained that it’s too confusing and would prefer a more black-and-white rule.
Source: Pro Hockey Talk Jason Chimera And Other Players Not In Favor Of Hybrid Icing by Kate Reiter