As soon as the NFL started having their legal problems, you had to know the NHL would be close to follow. Obviously some of these guys have some real serious problems. Anyone can feel some sympathy for them just like the legions of broken-down ex-NFLers out there. The long-term consequences of concussions may well have been withheld from some players. The lawyers will surely do their usual number there.
The article itself is a bit of "no duh". Is it really a surprise that the NHL knows it sells violence? Pro hockey has been all about violence since the day it was born. Why would anyone think NHL officials would not acknowledge the fact in its own internal e-mails.
I did make a few comments later in the round here and there that could be taken a few ways. Sometimes the best thing to say is nothing at all right after a big slice or hook, just that awkward silence :)