NHL GMs expected to debate return of red line

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BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- NHL general managers are beginning three days of meetings with concussions again a topic of discussion, and a debate is expected about whether to reinstate the center-ice red line.

Several GMs have said they would like to see the red line and two-line passes return in an effort to slow the game in the neutral zone. That might reduce the rate of concussions by making collisions less violent.

There is opposition, however, with many arguing that the removal of the red line in 2005 made the game more entertaining.

Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford says another topic of discussion will be curbing fights to reduce concussions. Subjects discussed Monday included hybrid icing, hand passes and changing on the fly.