"This is a physical game. The players want it physical, that's how they make their livelihood. The fans want it physical, that's the nature of the game, but we want to make it as safe as we can.
"I don't make the [game's] rules. I don't have unilateral decision-making authority and there are people on both sides of the discussion that are very well dug in on their positions."
-- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman ( The Globe and Mail)
-- Deputy commissioner Bill Daly ( Cross Checks)
"That said, we intend to continue to review all aspects of our game, with a focus on making it as safe as it can be for our players.''
-- NHL executive vice president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell
"The rules have changed in fighting. I don't think it's as big a problem as some people make it out to be. I think our numbers are coming down and the numbers prove that. ... I've been through rule changes that have changed our games in positive ways. This is just a big unknown. [The NHL without fighting] would be one of the things we'd have to see to be like, it would sure be hard to pull it back if we didn't like that game."
Without fighting, "you'd have a bunch of rat-type players. That's who benefits. They don't get held accountable. They can go after the superstars. That's who benefits from it.
"We all know what we sign up for whenever we put the skates on."
-- Senators forward Chris Neil