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03-11-2009, 03:25 PM
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Bettman Would Welcome Fighting Discussion With Laraque

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BETTMAN WOULD WELCOME FIGHTING DISCUSSION WITH LARAQUE

NAPLES, Fla. - Gary Bettman would be happy to sit down with Georges Laraque and talk about fighting.

The NHL commissioner thinks he might be able to convince the Montreal Canadiens tough guy that rule changes proposed by general managers this week aren't actually so bad for enforcers. Laraque was quick to criticize the recommendation by GMs that the instigator rule be more stringently applied next season and that a 10-minute misconduct penalty be given out to players who drop the gloves right after a faceoff.

Bettman was careful when asked to respond to the comments.

''I'd like to talk to George about it 1-on-1,'' he said Wednesday. ''I think with an in-depth discussion, these rules aren't so far off the mark from things that he would be comfortable with.''

Full story: http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=270756&l...=topStory_main
I wonder how this converstation will go...

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That's perfect. George just LOVE talking.

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You think if things get bad Gorges will ask Bettman permission to fight him?

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You think if things get bad Gorges will ask Bettman permission to fight him?
He can try, but Gary Bettman once taught a class called "Ass Kicking 101". There were no survivors.

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You spelled "licking" incorrectly.

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And Bettman doesn't need to bend over to do the licking!

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Sadly, an injury will keep Laraque from attending the meeting.

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Honestly, this new proposition is just stupid. We can say what we want about Laraque and is physical shape and everything, but for once he's right.

All this talking concerning fighting is pointless. Fighting must remain in NHL and even more, the league shoud destroy the stupid instigator rule that is currently killing the show out there. Fighting is important for hockey and has proved year after year its utility. More than that, nobody puts a gun on the head of the player to fight, they just do it because they know that sometime its the only good thing to do.

But all this is missing the point. The NHL should really talk and act against Violence in hockey, not fighting. A fight between 2 willing guys is not really violence. Head shot is violence, completely deliberate moves in order to injure players are violence. THIS is what the GM's should talk about, not fighting! I do not want to see people like Sauer hitting players like he hit Kostitsyn in the head like he did again, I do not want to see hitting from behind. This is what people are tired to see, not fighting.

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Honestly, this new proposition is just stupid. We can say what we want about Laraque and is physical shape and everything, but for once he's right.

All this talking concerning fighting is pointless. Fighting must remain in NHL and even more, the league shoud destroy the stupid instigator rule that is currently killing the show out there. Fighting is important for hockey and has proved year after year its utility. More than that, nobody puts a gun on the head of the player to fight, they just do it because they know that sometime its the only good thing to do.

But all this is missing the point. The NHL should really talk and act against Violence in hockey, not fighting. A fight between 2 willing guys is not really violence. Head shot is violence, completely deliberate moves in order to injure players are violence. THIS is what the GM's should talk about, not fighting! I do not want to see people like Sauer hitting players like he hit Kostitsyn in the head like he did again, I do not want to see hitting from behind. This is what people are tired to see, not fighting.

laraque should worry about staged hot dog eating contests with Fatendresse

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It really boggles the mind how Bettman and the other lawyers in charge of the league think toning down fighting more is better for the game than removing the instigator rule and pumping up the raw energy, glory and violence that is elite level hockey.

Putting aside all morality aspects, people LOVE violence, it SELLS. Witness the rise of MMA and popularity of shows like 24, or movies like 300. How can these owners possibly think the soccer mom crowd will pay off more in the long run (where you're competing with all kinds of sissy sports), than embracing the edgy element of hockey and riding that. People LOVE violence and bloodsport, bareknuckle fighting (on skates, on ice) is truly unique and something that is a huge buzz creator. How are they not computing the financial payout of this??

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Bettman would need to send him an invitation first though.

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It really boggles the mind how Bettman and the other lawyers in charge of the league think toning down fighting more is better for the game than removing the instigator rule and pumping up the raw energy, glory and violence that is elite level hockey.

Putting aside all morality aspects, people LOVE violence, it SELLS. Witness the rise of MMA and popularity of shows like 24, or movies like 300. How can these owners possibly think the soccer mom crowd will pay off more in the long run (where you're competing with all kinds of sissy sports), than embracing the edgy element of hockey and riding that. People LOVE violence and bloodsport, bareknuckle fighting (on skates, on ice) is truly unique and something that is a huge buzz creator. How are they not computing the financial payout of this??
You should go to your library and find a copy of the Habs-red army game of
Dec. 31,1975. Blood and guts are not hockey!

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