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07:16 AM ET 07.18 | According to the numbers, further work remains. The rate of concussions suffered by National Hockey League players did not go down after the league introduced a rule against hits to the head, researchers have found. Neurosurgeon and concussion researcher Dr. Michael Cusimano of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and his colleagues compared concussion rates before and after the NHL introduced rules against hits to the head. "The rate of concussion did not decrease," Cusimano said in an interview. "It in fact increased the first year and in the second year in the NHL it stayed stable. So we didn't see a decline like I think everyone had hoped, including the NHL, who said brought in primarily for player safety."

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July 18, 2013  07:37 AM ET

No. But soft shoulder and elbow pads would.

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July 18, 2013  08:23 AM ET

Its all about the equipment, stupid!

July 18, 2013  08:24 AM ET

And da_n, I hate to see my boy Savvy as the poster child for concussions.

July 18, 2013  08:50 AM ET
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Exactly. As long as these guys are wearing football shoulder pads and ginormous, hardened elbow pads nothing will change.

The transformer look.

July 18, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

No. But soft shoulder and elbow pads would.

huge pads, composite sticks, ridiculous ESPN-esque attitudes

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July 18, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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Concussions have certainly affected Mike Gillis. Possibly his owner, too.

That's more of a "mad cow disease" thingie Danny.

July 18, 2013  09:46 AM ET
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That's more of a "mad cow disease" thingie Danny.

no no, that's the guy in calgary

July 18, 2013  09:51 AM ET

Softer pads and maybe a little more even enforcement of the rules would help.

July 18, 2013  09:54 AM ET
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The transformer look.

Yup. They dress like that FOX robot thingy on their NFL broadcast.

Weaponry masquerading as protective equipment has to go.

Maybe Canuck could find one of the Cherry efforts where he raps MacLean on the head with a current elbow pad and the old soft one.

Can't imagine getting a flying elbow in the chops from a current one.

July 18, 2013  09:56 AM ET

Dr. Michael Cusimano? Didn't this guy live next to Tony Soprano?

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July 18, 2013  10:02 AM ET
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Yup. They dress like that FOX robot thingy on their NFL broadcast.

Weaponry masquerading as protective equipment has to go.

Maybe Canuck could find one of the Cherry efforts where he raps MacLean on the head with a current elbow pad and the old soft one.

Can't imagine getting a flying elbow in the chops from a current one.

Done. Check it out around the 2:25 mark....

July 18, 2013  10:19 AM ET
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I'd wager that no one in the league wears bigger shoulder pads than the showboat in your avatar.

You mean the 2013 Norris Trophy winner?

July 18, 2013  10:19 AM ET
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Done. Check it out around the 2:25 mark....

Of course I'm at work and can't see it but thanks.

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July 18, 2013  10:24 AM ET

Eric Lindros was asked to comment but he's still trying to formulate an answer.

July 18, 2013  10:42 AM ET
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Eric Lindros was asked to comment but he's still trying to remember his name

fixed

 
July 18, 2013  11:57 AM ET
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You mean the 2013 Norris Trophy winner?

Poke. But yes it's starting to look like football on skates anymore. I guess the full cage mask is next.

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