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Aggression Is Gone

from the Edmonton Sun,
There's no question the new NHL is infinitely more entertaining than the clutch and grab garbage they used to peddle, but there is growing concern that hockey is losing one of its greatest qualities - aggression. You don't have to be tough to play the game anymore. Sure, hockey players shake off pain, from accidental high sticks, shots off the ankle and the occasional open ice hit, faster than any other athletes, but having to pay a price to make a play is all but gone. "There's not as many battles, obviously, or as many scrums,'' said Oilers defenceman Steve Staios, who hasn't had trouble adjusting to the new rules (plus-5), but misses the contact.
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