Article by Twist 'n Belak    (12-03-16 04:24 PM)

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The panel of Johnston, current general manager Jim Rutherford, president/CEO David Morehouse and Hall of Fame announcer Mike Lange started out talking about how benches would empty and teams employed enforcers, then the Philadelphia Flyers went nuclear with that option in the 1970s.

Nobody among the group seemed to be in favor of fighting remaining in the current NHL.

“It’s a speed game,” Morehouse said. “It’s a game of skill. I think that’s what sells tickets.”

“When you look at the best events in hockey, the Olympics and World Cup, you don’t have any fighting,” Rutherford said. “Even when you get to the Stanley Cup finals, you don’t have any fights. I don’t think we need it. It will eventually go away once everybody gets a full facemask. It’s pretty much to the point now where the fourth lines on most teams are lines that are penalty-killers or skilled players.

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12-03-16 04:48 PM - Post#1687552    

    In response to Twist 'n Belak

Rutherford is and has always been a bone smuggler.


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12-04-16 11:35 AM - Post#1687601    

    In response to PuckRogue

What a shock - the Penguins are the first team to admit they are rump wranglers.
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12-04-16 07:27 PM - Post#1687631    

    In response to Fotiu

they are absolutely right, the NHL will never have to "ban" fighting, it will continue to condition itself out of the game until we have 3-4 fights a week.

the NHL will get it's way, and a new breed of fan (also newly conditioned) will pay 20 bucks to park, $100 for a ticket, and $75 for dinner for his kids and 2 beers for himself.

and the league will be thrilled and there won't be a fucking thing we can do about it.
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