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That resulted in Subban issuing a warning about not fighting a different player in the NHL.
"Is he tough? You've played with him, right?" asks Pacioretty.
"Yeah, he's tough ... he's not like, Wayne Simmonds tough, but he's tough."
When Pacioretty responds by saying, "Oh, so I can get him on my card," Subban pauses for a minute and then says, "No. You can not fight Wayne Simmonds."
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He's probably not wrong.
Simmonds might not be the biggest guy in the league, but there are few players in the league that are tougher, whether it's a fight or standing in front of the net and taking a beating from opposing defenders. And he is no stranger to dropping the gloves. The hockeyfights.com database has Simmonds with 55 fights in his NHL career. The website has a feature that allows fans to vote on the "winner" of the fight and (as unscientific as this may be) Simmonds has only been declared the "loser" in 13 of them.
So. Yeah. Maybe don't fight that guy.