with or without NHLPA approval, the NHL may implement supplemental discipline tonight for blindside hits.
The NHL would like us to believe that their conversion to this new-found belief that headshots are bad is so complete that they’re willing to bypass their own processes to get even a poorly-worded and nebulous policy in place now.
But really it’s about making the PA look bad, even though the union’s, you know, apparently trying to work on something that might actually be more effective. Are they taking too long? Sure. They need to get their act together and get something out there ASAP, that’s for sure. But.
The League needing a rule as soon as possible is not an excuse for shotgunning it through and bypassing the CBA’s agreed-upon process.
Obviously, Dreger’s wording is “may,” but it wouldn’t be at all surprising if “may” becomes “will” today.