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"It hasn't happened very often," said Lightning GM Steve Yzerman, who has vehemently defended coach Guy Boucher's system. "Virtually every team in the league plays pretty similar. I think it's a byproduct of the way the rules are now -- coaches figure out ways to play and ways to be successful with the personnel they have.
"If incidents like that happen to occur more regularly, we have to obviously look at altering the rules once again. But Tampa Bay plays virtually the same way every other team in the league does."
Also on the agenda was a brief update on realignment, but that hot-button issue won't be sorted out until the board of governors meeting in California next month.
In the meantime, players have been warned that goalies are essentially being given the same latitude as a quarterback in the NFL. Essentially, they aren't to be touched.
"This is the first time this has happened in a while, where a goalie has kind of got run over outside the crease," Penguins GM Ray Shero said. "Usually it's in and around the crease, or playing the puck, and there's incidental contact. I think guys are looking at it saying 'Geez, OK, if we let this go on what are we doing?'"
And even though change is coming too late for Regier and the Sabres, he still thinks it's a positive step that it came at all. He'll feel better knowing that Miller should be better protected when he returns to action.
"It's not just my feelings, it's the feelings of my counterparts," Regier said. "When you look at the position of goaltending -- they were never taught how to check, they were never taught how to take a check, they're not equipped to do either.
"On any given night on the rosters ... you've got 360 forwards in the league, you've got 180 defensemen and you have 60 goaltenders of which on a given night only 30 are playing. It's significant that we take this seriously."
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