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Should NHL make visors mandatory?

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08:55 AM ET 03.06 | New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal was part of a scary moment in the third period of the team's 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night when he took a puck directly to his right eye. When will these hockey players learn to wear visors? Of course, you could also make the argument that the NHL should make players wear helmets with full facemasks like players wear at the collegiate level, but there would be people saying the helmets restrict the players' vision and could take away from the quality of the game. What do you think of the issue?

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March 6, 2013  10:09 PM ET

Let the players decide for themselves. How often does something like this happen? Mandatory visors sounds like an overreaction.

March 6, 2013  10:17 PM ET

I think they should wear full shield motorcycle helmets.

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March 6, 2013  10:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Helmets used to be optional....

Yeah, but head injuries happened more often and there was a great chance of one occurring. I'm sure tho, that visors will become mandatory just like helmets.

March 6, 2013  10:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Yeah, but head injuries happened more often and there was a great chance of one occurring. I'm sure tho, that visors will become mandatory just like helmets.

*greater chance

March 7, 2013  04:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Let the players decide for themselves. How often does something like this happen? Mandatory visors sounds like an overreaction.

Bull Tell them they are wearing them or they have to pay the insurance to protect the teams investment in them and the players will cave in like a Elliot Lake shopping mall

March 7, 2013  07:33 AM ET

It would definitely be safer, but can anyone picture Shawn Thornton in a visor? Next thing you know, we're back to full masks and guys are coming up wrapped up in bird cages like Ray Lewis.

March 7, 2013  08:05 AM ET

Just so everyone is perfectly clear, it's not a big deal until it happens to Sidney Crosby.

March 7, 2013  08:27 AM ET

I suspect it'll come in the way the helmets did, probably due to something in collective bargaining. Players that enter the league after a certain date have to wear one, older players are grandfathered and can sign a waiver.

I know some minor leagues require it (supposedly due to insurance company restrictions, at least that's the excuse given).

March 7, 2013  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Bull Tell them they are wearing them or they have to pay the insurance to protect the teams investment in them and the players will cave in like a Elliot Lake shopping mall

exactly..."you don't want to wear one? Fine. here's the deal if you get hurt for not wearing one:
1) The insurance is on you.
2) Your contract becomes temorarily suspended. After all, as an owner, I am paying you to provide a service to me. And if you are unable to provide this because of your own actions...why should I pay you?

March 7, 2013  11:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Bull Tell them they are wearing them or they have to pay the insurance to protect the teams investment in them and the players will cave in like a Elliot Lake shopping mall

Remember Esa Tikkanen's last year or 2? His knee was held together by rubber bands and he signed waivers saying it was on him if it blew up.

March 7, 2013  11:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Remember Esa Tikkanen's last year or 2? His knee was held together by rubber bands and he signed waivers saying it was on him if it blew up.

as it should be

March 7, 2013  11:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I think they should wear full shield motorcycle helmets.

I vote for goalie masks.

March 7, 2013  12:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I vote for goalie masks.

astronaut outfits...

March 7, 2013  02:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

astronaut outfits...

Michelin man. Just throw rubber at everybody going fast. :-)

March 7, 2013  04:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Michelin man. Just throw rubber at everybody going fast. :-)

Is that a cheap shot at Kessel?

March 7, 2013  04:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I suspect it'll come in the way the helmets did, probably due to something in collective bargaining. Players that enter the league after a certain date have to wear one, older players are grandfathered and can sign a waiver.I know some minor leagues require it (supposedly due to insurance company restrictions, at least that's the excuse given).

Trivia time

Who was the last player to play without a helmet?

March 7, 2013  09:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

exactly..."you don't want to wear one? Fine. here's the deal if you get hurt for not wearing one:1) The insurance is on you.2) Your contract becomes temorarily suspended. After all, as an owner, I am paying you to provide a service to me. And if you are unable to provide this because of your own actions...why should I pay you?

yup

 
March 8, 2013  07:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Trivia timeWho was the last player to play without a helmet?

MAC T.

he won the draw in the 1994 Cup :)

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