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It will be yet another example of how the NHL, which clearly lacks faith in its game’s ability to be mainstream, bends over backward to retain fighting. Its rule book is dotted with language that restricts it, yet allows it. Now the Lords of the Boards will make room for an “Emery Rule,” when the easiest, cleanest, and smartest thing to do would be simply to get rid of fighting outright.

Rather than just get to the right answer, the NHL dithers away by adding layers of rightness, displaying both a lack of faith in its game’s marketability and, most of all, a void in vision and leadership.

-Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe where you can read more on the fighting topic.

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Dupont should take a few minutes to ask the players if those fights had an impact on the game.  I guarantee their views would 100% contradict his.  So of course he wouldn’t ask.  When you have an agenda, nothing will stop you… not even doing the thing most fundamental to your trade.

Posted by Siggy on 11/10/13 at 11:25 AM ET


I like seeing the occasional fight. Preplanned staged fights don’t do much for me, but if a guy starts taking cheap shots he deserves a beating. This would be even better without sports writers losing their minds about fighting.  If you don’t like fighting go cover the nba.

Posted by SlimChance on 11/10/13 at 05:55 PM ET


Personally, I think Chara getting away with elbowing Tommy Wingels in the back of the head on the old “Pronger physics” justification is a bigger injustice than Shawn Thornton and some other scrub deciding to be a sideshow, but maybe that’s just me.

Posted by larry on 11/11/13 at 02:01 AM ET

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