Schneider; NHLPA ok with no immediate head-shots ban

Posted By: Barry Morgan · 3/19/2011 7:59:00 PM

Mathieu Schneider used to play defense for the Montreal Canadiens. He was pretty good at it. Now he's playing defense for the National Hockey League Players Association and he's pretty good at that as well.

Schneider is a special advisor to the NHLPA and he told 'The Habs Show' on CJAD Saturday that the union is happy with the direction the league is headed right now.

As you've heard, NHL general managers are not in favor of a ban on head-shots. Schneider says the NHLPA is still in the process of gauging how players feel about this.

But at the same time, he says there are players who felt Zdeno Chara did deserve to be suspended for his hit on Max Pacioretty while others agreed with the league that ruled against supplemental discipline.

Schneider says the union cares very strongly about player safety and the issue is a top priority. He says meaningful discussions with the NHL continue and the NHLPA is concerned about seeing progress being made.

Schneider suggests making the arenas safer for players, whether it's taking another look at the glass or the boards, and/or allowing more obstruction to slow down the game.

What is clear is this; the players themselves can't figure out how much safer the game should be.

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