Quote: Originally Posted by wulfie68
Sorta but not quite.
Players don't want fighting to disappear because they still want the ability to exact justice on people who commit cheap shots and get away with them. Case in point is the infamous Moore-Bertuzzi incident: Moore head hunted Naslund in the previous meeting of the two teams and the Canucks as a group wanted revenge. Bertuzzi took this to an extreme level but if the league had been more responsible in its officiating, this incident might never have occured. The same theme echoes with other incidents in the NHL.
The league can facilitate this through improving the officiating and being harder on some offenses but until it does, the players are still going to fall back on this whole "frontier justice" mindset..
Yes, the officiating must continue to balance their calls,
with what is happening on the ice, but they do miss calls,
they are only human. The Bertuzzi situation is an albatross
among infractions, and a one of a kind, and I believe many
have learned much since that awful night.
The league must push to make the officiating better, because
this year, it seems to have fallen behind.
We don't want brawls any more.
The problem with the bertuzzi situation 'was' bertuzzi, who walked around for
some time with a mad on, like a child, and made a decision
to get revenge, get over it inside of 24 hours, and move
on, so I would not blame anyone, or the officiating or the
NHL, only bertuzzi for that incident.
At that time Bertuzzi had a very arrogant attitude about
himself, and his interviews showed that, he was very big
headed, and made childish remarks about other players.
Cheap shots must be called, there was one last night in the
Montreal/san jose game, I saw it, lots of jostling and
pushing and shoving after the incident, (no
penalty on the play, and the league will embarrass the official by giving a suspension ), I hope. It was a cheap
The league does not need fighting to settle cheap shots,
it does nothing to reduce them, and just will encourage
the fighting every time a player does something the other team doesn't like,but good suspensions will, and sharp officiating.
As the game goes on, the league must get even tougher with
these types of infractions, and they are, so the more a
player receives suspensions, the less they will do these
things, and even their own teams will look down on them