That's what happens when you base your punishment on the result of the hit instead of the hit itself. An illegal hit should be punished as much if the other guy bounces right back up as it is if he's going to be out 8 weeks.
In general they need to get players back to hitting the way they used to. Skates on the ice, solid contact to the body. No leaping, no exploding up, no fly-by hits. They need to set a clearer standard on hits from behind too. There will be a lot of aggravating calls we fans think are soft using the current standard, but eventually players should get the idea hitting a guy in the numbers is something you can't do. You have to let up.
They also need to crack down on ALL blows to the head, like elbows. It's crazy that they're making this huge effort with hits but not elbows. A hit that involves contact with the head is at least usually an attempt at a hockey play. An elbow to the head is a clear cheapshot that should be simple to differentiate from a hockey play.
It probably would be some ugly hockey at times as players and refs adjust, but hopefully would preserve hard hitting while helping to protect players heads.
I would not be surprised at all if total consussions actually decreased and it's just that the undetected concussions decreased that much more, which makes it appear as though concussions increased.....if you follow what I'm saying
It's a good point. because in that same time frame haven't they set clearer protocols for concussions? And there's certainly more awareness of it now than a few years ago.