Stopped reading at "progressive hockey veteran Jimmy Devellano."
There is nothing progressive about Jimmy D, he is the same guy that drafted and signed many tough players back in the day and was part of a front office that had no problem playing that style when it suited them. If Devellano is taking a stand against fighting now he is a hypocritical ass.
Staged fights that happen just so the two players involved could duke it out without any real reason got to go, but fights that happen during the heat of the moment should stay as the part of the game IMHO.
I'm not agree with your point of view with the stage fights.
If your team loose 3-0 in the first period, maybe one of your tough guy would want to create a spark and fight someone right at the face-off. It's a good ''reason'' in my mind and it's still a stage fight.
For the love of God, I hate the media for constantly bringing this up. No, fighting is not gonna be banned. The players want it and fans pay to see it, so it will stay. HFBoards represent the minority of hockey fans, and even we agree for the most part fighting should stay. 99% of the fans though are your average Joe's, go ask them if fighting should stay, guarentee they don't even know about the ****storm the media creates every time there's a fight.
I used to enjoy Puck Daddy but this year he's really sucked. He blatantly just posts controversial stuff to get page views.
if the players want fighting so badly, why do such a small percentage of them every fight?
i think that if you asked fans you would find that the vast majority would say that less or no fighting would not significantly effct their love of the game one way or the other.
Staged fights, enforcers, instigator rule all need to go.
It should be noted that the three players who tragically passed away this summer, no disrespect intended, but they were goons. I'd like to see brain damage tests done on a player who fought and scored. Someone who didn't make a living by fighting.
It isn't the fights that need to go, it's the enforcers who play a few shifts just to fight.
No, only stat junkies (cough cough most of hf), journalists trying to get attention, and soccer moms want fighting out of the league.
After having gone a couple of rounds in the two or three threads of essentially the same topic that preceded this one, I've come to the conclusion that the people on both sides of this debate have zero interest in considering the opposing viewpoint and changing their minds.
Just accept that some people support fights and some people dont. This decision of whether fighting should lead to automatic ejections and suspensions wont be made at the "fan" level anyways so where one falls on this question is likely moot anyways.
if the players want fighting so badly, why do such a small percentage of them every fight?i think that if you asked fans you would find that the vast majority would say that less or no fighting would not significantly effct their love of the game one way or the other.
Fighting is down significantly yet 214 players have had a fight so far this year. Not really a small percentage.
I'd rather have fighting stay in the league, but if it was taken out, I don't think it would be a big deal. Fighting adds a nice edge to the game, but fighting is not hockey, hockey would be only slightly less entertaining/awesome without fighting.