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The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - July 19th, 2013

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Frederick Breedon

A new study shows that the new rules are not reducing concussions.

A recent NHL rule change designed to cut down on the number of concussions in the league hasn’t made a difference, a new study suggests.

The research suggests the rule, which outlawed bodychecks aimed at the head and checking from a player’s blind side, has not led to lower concussion rates among pro hockey players since it came into force in the 2010-11 season.

The senior author of the work said the league should take another crack at the rule change, noting that as it stands the wording is too subjective and gives referees leeway not to enforce it.

“If player safety is the prime priority of the NHL in bringing this kind of rule in … then they need to relook at this in a very serious way and adjust things,” said Dr. Michael Cusimano, a neurosurgeon who heads the injury prevention research unit at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital.

Yep, still waiting on the 2014 schedule.

The NHL schedule is still awaiting the completion of an agreement to send players to the Olympics, deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed.

Once a deal is done for NHL representation in Sochi in 2014, the league will be able to release the full schedule for the 2013-14 season. While it’s considered a formality that players will be at the Olympics for the fifth straight time, nothing has been finalized.

Dustin Brown signed for 8 years.

Dustin Brown looked at the core of the Los Angeles Kings, and his decision was easy. He wanted to stay long-term, and he wanted to get the deal done himself.

Brown did just that, signing for eight years and $47 million US, ensuring that this Stanley Cup-champion Kings team would have its captain around through the 2021-22 season. The right-winger joined goaltender Jonathan Quick, defencemen Drew Doughty and Slava Voynov and forwards Mike Richards and Jeff Carter as players signed for at least the next six seasons.

Cheryl here: as tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the tragedy that took one of our own, Jessica Redfield, from us, I thought I would share an awesome article by Emilie of Hockey Wilderness, celebrating Jessi and showing how influential she was.

She gave me a few general pieces of advice, and asked me to email her when I wrote my first article so she could read it. I never got the chance to do that.

That was the only personal contact I had with Jessica. But that simple act of helping someone, regardless of who they are, really touched me. When I found out she was one of the people killed, I was not only stunned, but devastated as well.

In just a simple email and exchange of information, I had formed a bond with her. There aren't very many female hockey journalists, and I truly felt like I had "met" a kindred spirit.