NHL GMs consider dropping 'blindside' from illegal check to the head rule

BOSTON - The NHL is considering dropping the "blindside" component of Rule 48.

The league's general managers met before Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final and came up with a recommended change to the rule that deals with illegal checks to the head.

It will now be considered by the competition committee.

The rule change would not include a ban on all hits to the head but it would include some that don't come from the blindside.

The competition committee meets Monday.

The proposed change came after a presentation from the blue-ribbon committee of Steve Yzerman, Joe Nieuwendyk, Brendan Shanahan and Rob Blake.