Welcome to the newest edition of “Point/Counterpoint,” where a pair of Flyers Faithful scribes present both sides of one particular issue with their own unique view and flair.
This week Dain S. and Jim H. discuss whether players should fight in the playoffs to police themselves or let the NHL handle on ice incidents.
First up Dain: The NHL needs to punish those who target opponents for dangerous hits and stick fouls, not the players policing themselves.
The NHL Playoffs are the culmination of 8 months of hockey, building to a crescendo, where one team will finally raise Lord Stanley’s Cup. Emotions are high and the intensity is beyond belief. Players are willing to sacrifice their bodies and spill their blood to be called a champion. However, when spilling the blood of an opponent becomes the most important thing, something must be done.
During these playoffs, we have had Shea Weber smashing Henrik Zetterberg’s head into the glass and Sidney Crosby start two melees with his cowardly attempts at stirring the pot. I believe the players should police themselves ,but when the line is being crossed without any fear, the NHL needs to step up and take control or else the vigilante style of justice that will be meted out will not be pretty. Brendan Shanahan needs to suspend players who show a blatant disregard for the safety of their fellow players. If you leave it up to the players, they will police themselves, but you might not like the outcome. Fighting one on one is one thing, but massive brawls and melees with stick fouls and cheap shots is not something that belongs in the playoffs.