Poll: What should the NHL do about fighting?

Flyers enforcer Jay Rosehill (Steve Jacot, Flyers Faithful)

In the wake of the incident between George Parros and Colton Orr last night, there has been a lot of talk regarding fighting and its role in today’s NHL. Some people want harsher penalties, some want it banned entirely, and some people are just fine with things the way that they are. Let us know how you feel in the poll below.

What should the NHL do about fighting?

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  • Mike Barclay

    I will be so irritated if they make a change to fighting. It’s part of the game. Let the players do their thing. They choose to fight. Parros knew going into a fight that there’s a chance of getting hurt. IT’S PART OF THE GAME.

  • wheineman

    I want to back up my vote of leave it! The desire to eliminate blows to the head cannot be combined with the fact that players punch each other in the head during a fight.

    A dirty hit to the head has a few characteristics that you don’t have during a fight. 1) There normally a defenseless player
    2) There is a padded shoulder making contact with a head
    The combination of these 2 leads to the nasty concussions we see too often. I agree that these should be eliminated. They are great to watch, but bad for the sport because a single hit can cut a player’s career or life short!

    But during a fight, you normally have 2 consenting players entering into a fight. The cameras rarely show it, but we all know that players will agree to fight right at the blue line! After that, it’s off to the races to drop their gloves and start swinging. You can bait a player into a fight who has no place participating, but you don’t blindside a player with a fist (normally). If two players agree to fight, they have accepted that they will get beat on. This is part of the sport, and does not lead to that many players facing serious injury because they are ready and participating.