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goldthorpe
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04-29-12 03:07 PM - Post#1435835    

http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/nhl-s-b ettman...
Cotton
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04-29-12 03:17 PM - Post#1435836    

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PuckRogue
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04-29-12 04:00 PM - Post#1435846    

I agree. Did I just say that?

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rancidis
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04-29-12 04:11 PM - Post#1435847    

"on ice boxing"... really? who is this clown?
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Maguire19
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04-29-12 09:13 PM - Post#1435903    

Ive been saying for awhile that we should be careful what we wish for. I think anyone coming in to replace him would make things drastically worse. Especially with the media onslaught. A new commish would want to be a savior and bend to what the media wants and look like a hero. My God David Branch could get the call for all we know.

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04-30-12 08:06 AM - Post#1435967    

The NHL, he argued, was the first sports league to implement a study of concussions in 1997, with the sole purpose of improving player safety, and has implemented rules to eliminate all hits to the head. Fighting, he said, is "really one of the smaller components" leading to such injuries.

"Pucks to the head probably cause more concussions," Bettman said, "but I don't think anybody's advocating going to foam-rubber pucks."


PC - Thank you! Fighting causes 6-7% of concussions in the NHL. That's it. End of story IMO.

Fighting has diminished somewhat in recent years -- 0.44 per game this season, compared to 0.64 in 2003-04, according to the website hockeyfights.com, which meanwhile serves to glorify that aspect of the game. And a study by the Sports Analytics Institute concluded that fighting has "no effect on winning."


PC - Winning? Not sure. But there is a good study out there that concludes that fighting changes the momentum of a game. Not mentioned here though. Hmm...

Overall, he did a great job fending off the ankle biters. He said that fighting is a small part of the game that gets way too much attention. I don't think he means from fans... he means from the media. Good read.

Huard28
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04-30-12 09:15 AM - Post#1435993    

All we have to hope for is that no players gets seriously hurt (ends career/affects life after) or gets killed as a result of a fight.
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PuckRogue
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04-30-12 04:21 PM - Post#1436134    

Fighting may not help with winning, but it damn sure helps some teams from losing!

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04-30-12 04:38 PM - Post#1436140    

I'd love to see that study...
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