From Vancouver Sun:
Rock 'em-sock 'em hockey may give many fans a thrill, but researchers estimate that resulting player injuries cost the NHL more than $200 million a year — a hit to the league's bottom line they suggest is likely recouped from the public's wallets.
In a study published Monday, researchers at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital estimate that NHL owners paid out at least $653 million US over three seasons to players who missed games due to injury.
The study found that more than 63 per cent of the 1,307 NHL players who laced up skates during the 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 regular seasons missed at least one game because of a hockey-related injury.
Within a single season, 51 per cent of all players were out with injuries for at least one game, representing a salary cost of $218 million US a year.
As the first paragraph suggests, this study seems to be leaning toward a mindset which the League (and sports overall) has operated under in a time-honoured fashion for decades, that of "Why should we incur these costs, we'll just pass it on to the 'the greatest fans in the world'".
That's a lot of cheese they're talking about. Then again, when they prefer to start "_ilions" with a "b" rather than an "m", the League might consider this to just be one of the costs of doing business and not that big of a hit to "the bottom line".
I realize there are a lot of variables to consider in this equation. But, in the end, it comes down to one question...Is the League doing enough to try and make the game as safe as it possibly can be or are they just "going through the motions" to make it look as if they really care?