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Shanahan: NHL 'looking closely' at fighting

Posted on: September 30, 2011 4:55 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Since Brendan Shanahan has taken over, the eradication of head shots in the league has been priority No. 1. Clearly, it is keeping him busy as eight players have been suspended in the last eight days.

Down the priority list is the possibility of removing something else from hockey: fighting. We stress possibility because he didn't come out and say he wants to get rid of it, just that the NHL is "looking at [it] closely."

Specifically, here's what he had to say to CBC show Mansbridge One on One that will air next week.

"We're definitely very serious in making advancements in studying blows to the head; we have to also look at fighting," Shanahan said. "What the final decision is, I can't tell you now. That's something we're obviously going to have to look at, but there's no way we would ever deny that it's not something we're looking at closely."

So far, just about everything Shanahan has done has been almost universally praised. But that would change in a heartbeat if fighting were taken out of the game under his watch. Again, to clarify, in no way is he pushing for it to be removed, just that the league will keep a close eye.

This has become a Lightning rod of a topic this summer after the deaths of three former enforcers, Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak. No connection can be drawn between their on-ice roles as fighters and them taking their own lives, but that hasn't stopped plenty of people from doing just that. Three times smells an awful lot like a trend.

We don't want to rehash the discussion on fighting in the sport, that's already been done. We had an informal poll up over the summer and about 75 percent of users are against abolishing fighting.

I sincerely doubt the NHL is much closer to doing anything on fighting in the sport yet, but if nothing else they are scrutinizing it more.

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Comments

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:22 pm
 

Shanahan: NHL 'looking closely' at fighting

Hockey ain't broke so stop trying to fix it with basketball gone they could gain,real hockey fans know fighting is part of game.Put net back on pipes move lines back where they where get rid of shoot outs start playing real hockey   



Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:18 pm
 

Shanahan: NHL 'looking closely' at fighting

Shanahan didn't complain when Bob Probert  and Scott Stevens protected his butt



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:21 pm
 

Shanahan: NHL 'looking closely' at fighting

They should get rid of he instagator penalty for fighting , if guys have to fight then cheap shots like the ones that have ruined marc savards carreer and put sidney crosbys career in jeopardy never would have happened . Remember gretzky had all that room to play without worrying about a cheap shot , because he had big Dave Semenko protecting him in edmonton , then marty mcsorley and jay miller in los angeles that in itself makes anything gretzky says about fighting kind of funny Without his enforcers he would have been lucky to score half the goals he scored and he was never really injured in his career thankks to them



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:20 pm
 

Shanahan: NHL 'looking closely' at fighting

what happens to the lost salary for those players???  If it goes back to the team, it shouldn't.  Fine the player and take the salary lost from the team for hiring that dummy in the first place and donate it to something.  Perhaps concussion research.

It doesn't go back to the team, it goes to the NHL Players Emergency Assistance Fund. They're way ahead of you. Smile



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Shanahan: NHL 'looking closely' at fighting

Taking fighting out of hockey would kill the sport , the league is finallymmaking a comback especailly with boston and chicago winning the cup ... Hockey is finally coming back although i is still not as half as popular as it was in the 70's and early 80's .....



Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Shanahan: NHL 'looking closely' at fighting

Taking fighting out of hockey is how this whole head injury thing starts the league did nothing to Pittsburgh when they took cheap shots at players. But when the Islanders took things into there own hands they where villians the tough guys who the league let get away with cheap shots turtled up. Fighting was in hockey along time and rarely did a team run a goalie or take cheap shot cause they new what might happen. Gretsky and Lemieux both cryabout fighting but they both had an enforcer watching there backs



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Shanahan: NHL 'looking closely' at fighting

Since Brendan Shanahan has taken over, the eradication of head shots in the league has been priority No. 1. Clearly, it is keeping him busy as eight players have been suspended in the last eight days.

Down the priority list is the possibility of removing something else from hockey: fighting. We stress possibility because he didn't come out and say he wants to get rid of it, just that the NHL is "looking at [it] closely."

Specifically, here's what he had to say to CBC show Mansbridge One on One that will air next week.

"We're definitely very serious in making advancements in studying blows to the head; we have to also look at fighting," Shanahan said. "What the final decision is, I can't tell you now. That's something we're obviously going to have to look at, but there's no way we would ever deny that it's not something we're looking at closely."

So far, just about everything Shanahan has done has been almost universally praised. But that would change in a heartbeat if fighting were taken out of the game under his watch. Again, to clarify, in no way is he pushing for it to be removed, just that the league will keep a close eye.

This has become a rod of a topic this summer after the deaths of three former enforcers, Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and . No connection can be drawn between their on-ice roles as fighters and them taking their own lives, but that hasn't stopped plenty of people from doing just that. Three times smells an awful lot like a trend.

We don't want to rehash the discussion on fighting in the sport, We had an informal poll up over the summer and about 75 percent of users are against abolishing fighting.

I sincerely doubt the NHL is much closer to doing anything on fighting in the sport yet, but if nothing else they are scrutinizing it more

 I love hockey, but it's the only sport which allows players to fight and stay in the game. The rule should be simple. You fight, you're gone and suspended the next game. If you instigate the fight, you're gone at least 2 games.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Shanahan: NHL 'looking closely' at fighting

Taking "control" and removing fighting from the NHL would be short-sighted and foolish. All you need to do is moderate, not control.

If you fight, you face the danger of a head injury/conussion. Fighting is taking a risk. Thats all you need to know.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Shanahan: NHL 'looking closely' at fighting

What they need to do is lose the instigator rule so goons can properly police the head hunters that Shanahan has been dealing with for the last week and a day.  No instigator rule means turtles like Matthew Barnaby (yes, I know he doesn't play anymore) will be getting pummeled more often while curling up like little girls.  As far as current players I'm positive Matt Cooke, Jarkko Rutuu, Sean Avery, and Steve Ott could surely use a beating or ten.  Oh, but that isn't the politically correct thing to do.  This MUST be solved by the league office.  Let's hand out suspensions like Halloween Candy and what happens to the lost salary for those players???  If it goes back to the team, it shouldn't.  Fine the player and take the salary lost from the team for hiring that dummy in the first place and donate it to something.  Perhaps concussion research.


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