It looks like the NHL wheel of justice has finally proclaimed judgement on the Chara - Pacioretty hit, issuing a lifetime ban from hockey to the evil stanchion. In order to maintain the structural integrity of the game as it exists today the evil stanchion will be replaced with more "good" stanchions and curved glass.
If you forget that "good" stanchions exist here is a recognition graphic for you.
See examples of the curved glass after the jump.
With the new curved glass I predict that there will be 1 less stanchion related spinal injury in the league next year, but players will loose 32 more teeth league wide due to puck ricochets into the bench area. Awesome trade off as I believe the NHL dental plan has been sitting around unused for years since Tie Domi retired anyways. Any commenter with the desire to prove me wrong, I need player pictures or it didn't happen.
Pic via storage.canoe.ca
The new curved glass looks like that it will also improve the viewing angle for fans sitting in those seats. Mental note: check to see if GM place raises prices for those seats. And provide valuable storage space for the backup goalie's beer and popcorn from concession.
All in all I think it is a boon for player safety and should be a welcome addition to the game. The one wrinkle still to be worked out is if the whistle should be blown if a puck hits it and stays in play. Imagine the crazy bounces that will happen.
Thanks to Slam Sports, Puck Daddy, and my home video collection for the pics.