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11-08-2003, 12:36 PM
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when there was no instigator rule, the coach didn't send players out to fight, they made that choice themselves...

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Originally Posted by Wendel Clark Jr.
...so your telling me the nucks didnt get retrubution because they didnt want to serve 2min in the box in a near meaningless game at the beggining of the season.......your wrong, there was no retrbeution because they dont have any goons! It was less than adequatly handled by Colin, 5 games is a joke, if it was 20 weight would never let his stick touch another tooth, period. BTW 360 leaves you back at the begining.
The Canucks don't need any goons to seek retribution against Weight on that play. Just as they didn't need a goon to seek retribution against Isbister when he drilled Linden. Jovanovski stepped up to the plate on that play, but he cost his team a lot by sticking up for his teammate as he was ejected from the game.

That's what teams are afraid of. Having their tougher (but still valuable) players ejected or lost for a significant chunk of the game, and being sent on the PK.

The 'fear factor' is great in the NHL. Consequences for each and every action you make is right in front of you; not a few days later where Colin Campbell might suspend you. In a high tempo, emotional sport, you're not going to be sitting there, absorbing a bodycheck, thinking "if I retaliate, I may get suspended or fined!". You're thinking of seeking retribution, and thinking about whether someone on the opposition can get the better of you if you do go thar route.

If you believe players are deterred enough by suspensions and fines, then why have dangerous stick infractions continued? Why did Weight cross check Sedin to the face when his teammate (Tkachuk) was suspended for a similar action last season?

The fact is, there are still a significant number of stick infractions. There's still a large amount of cheapshots in the game, and players running around taking shots at star players and goaltenders. There's less team unity in this version of the NHL than there has been in a long time.


Because teammates can't stick up for one another. Seeing Jovanovski stick up for Linden against Edmonton was a fantastic sight. That's team-building. That's building unity and will be a part of what makes Vancouver a successful team for years to come. Not necessarily that play, but the thought process of sticking up for teammates.

Many NHL players, including finesse players, have spoken out in favour of taking the instigator out of the game. Do you ever wonder why?

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