Will NHL enact 'Torey Krug rule,' expanded video review next season?

Darren Hartwell

Will NHL enact 'Torey Krug rule,' expanded video review next season? originally appeared on nbcsportsboston.com

You might want to go back and watch Torey Krug's massive check on St. Louis Blues forward Robert Thomas, because there's a chance you never see a hit like it again.

The NHL's Competition Committee met Tuesday in Toronto to propose a few rule recommendations for the 2019-20 NHL season.

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Among them? The so-called "Torey Krug rule," that would "reasonably require a player to leave the ice in the event his helmet comes off during play."

Applying that rule to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, Krug would have had to skate back to the Boston Bruins' bench after his helmet popped off instead of flying into the Blues' zone and destroying Thomas with his luscious locks exposed.

The NFL already has adopted a similar measure requiring players to sit out a player if their helmet comes off, and it's a reasonable change that would improve player safety ... even if it denies viewers some incredible photos.

The Competition Committee also proposed expanded video review that would allow a referee to "review some of his own calls on the ice."

This issue cropped up in the Bruins' second-round series against the Blue Jackets, when Columbus scored in Game 4 after officials missed the puck going out of play seconds earlier. The referees couldn't review that play under the current rules, but this addendum would change that.

The NHLPA's Executive Board and the NHL's Board of Governors will need to approve these rule proposals (you can find a full list here) for them to pass, but it's likely some changes are coming after a controversy-filled Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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