"If the concussion issue continues to be front and center, I don't know how you can have fighting in the game," Maloney said Monday. "You rationalize it only because you had to deal with it, because it was part of [the game].
"I don't know how the NHL can be on the cutting edge of the concussion issue and still allow fighting," Maloney added. "That doesn't add up. You can't eliminate the collisions. You certainly can eliminate fighting."
...you guys had a pretty good discussion on this yesterday. Not sure banning fighting is the way to go here.There is a lot less of it in the game today and we don't even know if it had anything to do with Boogaard's death. Rash decisions are never the way to go.
...if anything maybe the NHL increases the penalty for fighting to five minutes and then a 10 minute misconduct or maybe even a game misconduct which could force players into deciding whether it's worth missing the time to fight.
Fighting is an optional activity in the game of Hockey. Should we ban boxing or MMA? Its a few punches back and forth. It seems the hitting is the main reason for these horrible concussions. Should we ban hitting? Its part of the game!
According to the rule books, fisticuffs is permitted to release the stress during the game of 20 mph fast skaters who are looking to get the puck from their opponent. That without fighting to settle the game, we would have much angrier, more adrenaline and potentially more dangerious hitting.
No matter what, you cant get rid of fighting in any sport. Its natural for people to be angry and wanna do something about it. At least lets be a sport where we can control the fights, control the anger. Or we would be a bunch of raved animals doing cheap shots and looking to just endanger someone.
FIghting was not the reason for his death. Its called lack of medical attention... and stress and long years of physical abuse