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Time To End The Careers Of Those Doing The Damage On The Ice

from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

NHL execs also know that the knuckle-dragging crowd will believe all will be even if some Hab punches the lights out of some Bruin the next time the two clubs play.

If you’re the NHL, why change when you know that all it takes to turn today’s outraged consumer into tomorrow’s satisfied fan is seeing his team’s enforcer win a fight?

That said, there is a sense that even hardcore hockey fans have had enough of the head shots and don’t like that Sidney Crosby is sitting out with a concussion so serious that his career may be threatened….

So the challenge facing the GMs and the league is to be seen as responding to the problem without doing so in a knee-jerk manner. The GMs are paid not to be fans; they’re there to think carefully and dispassionately about change, looking beyond the needs of just their team and just their players.

Of course, it’s that latter point that always trips up the hockey executives. They always want the other guy suspended, while claiming their players would never intentionally hurt a fly.


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Chris from NOHS's avatar

God I HATE Damien Cox.

Posted by Chris from NOHS from Columbus, OH/Grand Rapids, MI on 03/14/11 at 02:00 AM ET


A whole lot of words without much of a substantive argument.

Wouldn’t exactly be what I’d want out of my Freshman Comp. students.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 03/14/11 at 03:27 AM ET

Boxcar's avatar

What point is he trying to make?

Posted by Boxcar on 03/14/11 at 04:03 AM ET

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