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From the Sporting News:
Philadelphia Flyers exec Bob Clarke is taking issue with the NHL’s methods for preventing concussions and reducing injuries. Clarke, notorious as a player in his team’s “Broad Street Bullies” heyday of the 1970s, favors a less subtle approach: increasing fighting to punish the offenders.
Clarke would prefer the league allow modern-day equivalents of former teammates Dave “The Hammer” Schultz, Bob “Battleship” Kelly and other notorious pugilists to police the game rather than give players who injure others a slap on the wrist with suspensions and fines.
“These players now have no fear of what they do on the ice, because their opponents can’t get even,” Clarke said, according to PhillyBurbs.com.
Clarke blames NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell. “Campbell is the judge, jury and executioner,” Clarke said. “And it’s not working. It’s a total failure what Colie is trying to do.
from Alan Bass of The Hockey News,
The Flyers have consistently been a tough team to play against throughout its history, owning the NHL’s second-best all-time winning percentage behind the Montreal Canadiens. Clarke attributes that to the tremendous support of owner Ed Snider.
“We were allowed to spend the money, we always tried to win,” Clarke said. “We didn’t do what Pittsburgh did; lose seven years in a row so they could get good. They did it twice, in fact. They went through six or seven different owners. We’ve had one owner.”
Clarke finds the strategies of some current teams appalling when considering the way other organizations have built competitive teams.
“It’s somewhat embarrassing that three of the last teams (in the 2009 playoffs) missed the playoffs six or seven years in a row; Washington, Chicago, and Pittsburgh,” he said. “Now they’re good and the teams that try to win all the time get penalized. Our philosophy has never changed since 1967.”
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
“[Sean Avery is] making a fool of the game. He crosses the line all the time. He’s an idiot. And if the referees see him giving it to Brodeur like he did in the playoffs - yapping, yapping, yapping - it’s pre-meditated. Give him a penalty. You’ll end it right away. If not, I think one of the Devils should come to Brodeur’s aid. Drill him, punch him, make him fight. If he wants to be a yapper, make him fight.”
—Bob Clarke on Sean Avery.
More at TSN on Clarke’s appearance on Off the Record
More fuel was thrown on the fire regarding Steve Downie’s sucker punch on Wednesday, with Philadelphia Flyers Senior Vice President Bob Clarke holding the gas can.
Clarke, who selected Downie 29th overall in the 2005 Entry Draft, told TSN’s Off The Record that he enjoyed watching the rookie forward go after Toronto Maple Leafs winger Jason Blake.
“When he went after Blake, I loved it,” Clarke told TSN.
note: GM Paul Holmgren was a bit less understanding the other day.
Update 4:30pm ET: From the Globe & Mail,
After the Leafs’ morning skate Wednesday morning, Blake said brushed aside Clarke’s comments and repeated what he said about Downie a day earlier. “I don’t care who it is, but in the over-all picture, there’s no place for [those hits],” he said. “You don’t want injuries that will keep you out for the whole season. I’m just thankful there was no structural damage.” Leafs head coach Paul Maurice put Clarke’s comments down to sticking up for one of his players. “That’s what it’s all about,” Maurice said. “Whether you’re a player or in the office, you take care of your own.”