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from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
Fighting is a touchy subject in hockey, Paul Bissonnette was saying, resting an arm on an equipment cart after a light practice with the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday.
“It’s one of those things where it’s tough to put in an article, with a one-line quote about it,” he said. “It’s something you need to have a discussion about.”
Bissonnette is a fighter who has fought only once this season, and not once in the last two months. The 28-year-old forward is still making a living on the margins of the fourth line, and he is still one of the lowest-paid players on the roster, but he is working to change the way he plays, to evolve.
“Do I think that they’re eventually going to take fighting out of the game? Maybe, or maybe not,” Bissonnette said. “I think it will end up going down to, if you fight once, you’re out of the game. And if it comes to that, there’s really no point in having a guy in the lineup that’s just going to fight once and be out.”
Reports out of Arizona today stated Bissonnette was scheduled to meet with Gary Bettman tomorrow to appeal his automatic 10-game suspension for leaving the bench.
NEW YORK (September 28, 2013) -- The National Hockey League announced today that it has reduced Phoenix forward Paul Bissonnette’s suspension from 10 games to three (3) games for his conduct in leaving his team’s bench to join an altercation during NHL Preseason Game No. 9 in Phoenix on September 15, 2013.
NEW YORK (September 16, 2013) – Phoenix Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette has been automatically suspended for 10 regular-season games, without pay, as a result of being assessed a Game Misconduct penalty for leaving the bench on an illegal line change to join an altercation during NHL Preseason Game No. 9 against Los Angeles Sunday night in Glendale, Arizona.
At 12:09 of the first period, Bissonnette was assessed a Game Misconduct penalty under Rule 70.6, which states: “A game misconduct penalty shall be imposed on the player who was the first or second player to leave the players’ or penalty bench during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation, from either or both teams.”
The suspension is mandated by Rule 70.10, which states: “The first player to leave the players’ or penalty bench illegally during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation from either or both teams shall be suspended without pay for the next 10 regular League and/or playoff games of his team.”
Paul Bissonette has signed a two year extension, worth $725K and $750K per season respectively, according to Pierre LeBrun. Here is the release from the Coyotes:
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward Paul Bissonnette to a two-year contract extension. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are very pleased to sign Paul to a multi-year extension,” said Maloney. “He plays an important role on our team and we are looking for him to take his game to the next level this season.”
Last season, the 6-foot-2, 216 pound Bissonnette appeared in 48 regular season games with the Coyotes, registering one goal and a team-high 71 PIM. He made his postseason debut in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarter-Final series against Detroit.
The 26-year-old native of Welland, Ontario has posted 4-3-7 and 210 PIM in 104 regular season games with Pittsburgh and Phoenix.
Sportsnet with the unique interview.
from Paul Bissonnette at The Hockey News,
A lot of attention has been drawn to my Twitter account. Why would a hulking NHL fighter start a Twitter account? I’ll tell you why.
It really started when Scottie Upshall told me I should do it. I thought, “yeah right, that’s pretty lame,” but he would say, “you need to make it fun and it will be.” So I put my own little twist on things. I don’t want to write about the everyday stuff like ‘Oh, I just had lunch’ because everyone does that and who cares?
I have no filter and I like it when I get a rise out of people; that makes it fun. I like to think outside the box and make it fun because that’s my personality. Like Sunday night we were at Jovo’s house and I knew people would wonder, “What’s his kitchen look like?” So I wrote, “Jovo’s kitchen’s bigger than my apartment. More granite.” You think I’m exaggerating? I tell it how it is.
I think fans from all over have followed it and not just those from Phoenix. I’m not getting any more autograph requests or being noticed on the street more than I used to partly because I don’t really post many pictures of myself on Twitter and partly because I’m a fourth-line grinder.