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Caps' GM: Hockey better now than ever

The NHL general managers are meeting in Florida, with hits to the head the prime topic of debate. Is there anything else Washington GM George McPhee would like to discuss?

"No, not really," McPhee told NHL.com. "I think the game is in great shape. If you watch the way hockey is being played, decade by decade as we saw this morning on video, it's so much better now than it's ever been. We don't need to really change anything, we just need to address a couple of things. We don't want to make rule changes and so we're reluctant to do it, but if something needs to be tweaked a little bit, we will."

The GMs talked about hits to the head and reportedly will continue to do so Tuesday.

"Our job today was to give all the GMs the information we've collected, not only in hockey operations, but from our concussion study group," Colin Campbell, the NHL's senior vice president and director of hockey operations, told the league Web site. "That group has been working for two years on concussions -- we're trying to provide as much background as possible. On Tuesday we'll have breakout groups covering a number of topics and one of those groups will deal with hits to the head. That group will come back and give their recommendations to the general group.

"After two days of discussions, we'll actually try to get to some sort of understanding why concussions are caused and what aspect of those legal hits are we going to, if any, deem illegal."

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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