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The NHL is enveloped in such a culture of violence that it actually encourages players such as Kaleta to exist. It promotes violence on its own website, sells it with as much vigor as it does skill and creativity and seems to love the idea that forcing players to have their antennae up at all times for players such as Kaleta is a good thing for the game.

-Ken Campbell of The Hockey News where you can read more on the NHL's violent culture.

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He is actually dead on accurate with that statement.  The problem is when one team has a guy or two like that in a division, then the other teams feel the need to also have a guy like that as well. 

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 03/04/13 at 03:54 PM ET

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I was expecting an a “fighting is pointless…look we have a fighter crosschecking a guy (as if Kaleta’s a “fighter”)” screed from the likes of Campbell, but he actually said something a bit more thoughtful for once (even if he fails to grasp that the danger involved in an incident like Benn’s is nothing in comparison to one like Zolnierczyk’s, hence the differing magnitude of response).

His basic point is right. The NHL wants to have it both ways. It wants to sell violence while denouncing it. Since there’s little faith in the system (which has been far, far better under Shanahan) the only way to deter violence from the perspective of an NHL player is to attach violent cost to violence through more violence. Can lead to a pretty vicious cycle.

Taken to the extreme, the only solution to players like Kaleta that isn’t going to result in more Bertuzzi-type incidents is to outlaw body checking.

Now, I don’t think that’s a good idea, but it is worth noting the inherent contradiction the league finds itself in: kinda-sorta cracking down on something they sell to kinda-sorta preserve something else they sell. They’ve got one foot in two different zones.

Posted by larry on 03/04/13 at 05:19 PM ET

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Problem is there is no respect or personal concern between players. With million dollar salaries comes the lack of concern of anyone who may interfere with their money. One way of fixing this? Serious fines and suspension until people learn they would do better to respect their fellow players.

Posted by teldar on 03/04/13 at 05:48 PM ET

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