Report: NHL to mull 10-game ban for goalies leaving D zone to fight

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Emery and Holtby do battle on Friday night. (USATSI)
Emery and Holtby do battle on Friday night. (USATSI)

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Ray Emery might have ended the goalie fights for good in the NHL.

After the Flyers goaltender skated the length of the ice and goaded Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby into a bout, it didn't look very good. It especially looked worse after Emery pounded and pounded some more on Holtby with blows to the back of the Caps goalie's head.

Commissioner Gary Bettman admitted he didn't like the way it looked and didn't think many others did as well. He then said that the league would take a deeper look at the rules after there was nothing that could be done to give Emery any supplemental discipline.

What exactly could the league look at doing? Well according to Gary Lawless, the league could look at suspensions of 10 games for goalies who cross center ice to fight.

Already this is being dubbed the Ray Emery Rule, even if it's just an idea at this point.

Now if this is a proposal the league will indeed consider, it's tough to believe they would simply make this a clear cut rule across the board. If the two goaltenders are willing combatants and meet at center ice or at least in the neutral zone, should they be subject to the same punishment as Emery would in this theoretical situation? It's well known that people love a good goalie fight; would the league really want to eliminate something that is already as rare as a John Scott goal? Because that would the impact of such a rule as this.

It's going to be a while yet before anything would even get done on this. The GMs will have to discuss it at their next GM meetings and even then it might move slowly. But at the very least it's clear that the NHL is going to further look at the rules regarding this so it doesn't happen again because what the Emery-Holtby scene became could hardly be called a fight.

If this comes to fruition I think all hockey fans will be unanimous in the thought of "Way to go Ray and ruin the goalie fights for the rest of us."

 
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