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Iginla: “It’s good that there’s change.”

Matt Cooke’s hit on Marc Savard will go down as a turning point in the history of the NHL. It set about a change in the rule book and hopefully it will be deemed as when the league finally realized the damage such hit can cause.

Jarome Iginla, a former teammate of Savard’s, feels that the latest rule change is good for the NHL. From Brendan Hall of

“I’m sure that’d be called now, -- I would think,” Iginla said, alluding to the new league ruling on contact to the head implemented this week. “It’s good that there’s change.”

Iginila said he heard Savard was out for nearly 15 minutes after the hit -- “that’s pretty scary,” he exclaimed -- and commented on the anxiety Savard must no doubt be feeling as the Bruins make a playoff push.

“I’m sure he wants to get back out there, but it’s more important, he has alot of years ahead of him, to get back -- and in life too, not just hockey -- and be healthy, to do the right thing here,” Iginla said.

That’s the key here; Savard needs to ensure that he get’s back on his feet and is leading a completely healthy, everyday life before considering stepping back onto the ice. That’s tragedy in this mess; the NHL debates the merits of a reactionary, last second rule (that was proposed two years ago) while Savard struggles at home.