You can check out all the fights from the weekend here.
Brandon Dubinsky told the NY Times, ?I think they were trying to send a message. I think we answered the message.?
DeBoer: "I guess in John's world you can come into our building and start your tough guys but we can't do the same here." cont...
? Peter Botte (@PeterBotte) March 20, 2012
DeBoer..."He either has short term memory loss or he's a hypocrite. It's one or the other."
Since 1979-80, teams that finished among the bottom three in fighting majors have wound up atop the regular-season standings 10 times and won the Stanley Cup 11 times.
In contrast, pugnacious teams that finished among the top three in fighting majors wound up with only two regular-season titles and two Stanley Cups.Fighting is not as big as it used to be according to USA Today.
?You?d have people running around, going after top players. There have to be consequences for going after a Gaborik or a Richards.?Prust goes on to say, "when you fight, you?re standing up for a teammate. You look a guy in the eye, ask him if he wants to go, he says he wants to go, and you fight. Elbowing someone in the head is cowardly.?
In the NY Times, Jeff Z. Klein spoke with different medical officials about fighting in hockey.
Original Post: In the Calgary Sun, Eric Francis says that among GM's in the NHL, there is no interest in a full on ban of fighting.
Detroit GM Ken Holland says that even with all of the issues with concussions and injuries, everyone is still in favor of fighting having a place in the game:
Prust says that fighting and the idea of being able to police the game is what makes hockey unique.
He also said that he would honor Derek Boogaard every night and that "I hope he?s out there with me every game.?
Even if fighting in hockey is permitted to continue ? in the heat of the moment ? the designated fighter?s time should now be done. One way to do that, as The Globe?s Roy MacGregor has proposed, is to reduce the size of the roster by one or two players. It would then be a luxury to carry a player who, like Mr. Belak, gets just 33 points in 14 seasons. And the league should create a protocol that a doctor examine every player after a fight ? skates off, in the dressing room, for balance, co-ordination, memory and cognition.Researchers at Boston University are studying Derek Boogaard's brain.
He speaks with Dr. Robert Cantu, the co-director of Boston University?s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, who says that boys' necks are weaker than adult necks and their brains have less insulation.
St. Louis led the league with 78.
Brandon Prust led the Rangers with 18 fights, Sean Avery had 12, Derek Boogaard 7, Michael Sauer 7, Brian Boyle, 4 , Brandon Dubinsky 4, Kris Newbury 3, Dale Weise 3, Ryan Callahan 2, Ruslan Fedotenko 1 and Dan Girardi 1.
Prust fought Rupp on November 29th.
?I think we have a mutual respect for each other. We?ve met and hung out and talked a couple of times throughout the years and I really respect the way he plays and how hard he is and obviously the skill level he has.
...That isn't what he says about Sidney Crosby. I love how Ovechkin plays. Sure, I don't like that he hits Girardi, but the guy is such a gamer and cares about winning and brings it every night. He plays a style that gets you not to like him, running over people, hitting, shooting, scoring, but he doesn't deserve to be cheered when he gets injured during the game. No player does, at least to me. Surely other have their own opinions on the matter, but I don't think you should cheer when that happens.
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