Fighting words


"Maybe we're getting to the point, and I'm not opposed to it, you fight, you're out of the game. Maybe we're getting to that point, especially with concussions and safety and everything else. It would be very chippy, a lot of cheap shots. I think it would become a much different game if you took it out. I think the referees have to use the rulebook and police it better. Maybe if you fight, that's it. Or once you fight three times, you get an automatic game. Then you fight another three times, it becomes three games. I'm sure you can create a formula."

-- NBC color commentator Eddie Olczyk


"Fighting isn't going anywhere. We're the only sport, one of the major sports, where the whole game we have something in our hands that can be used as a weapon. Like it or not, it's an aggressive game out there. Guys get upset and mad. Would you prefer I drop my gloves or take my stick and cross-check someone in the face? If I'm not fighting, I'm going to be doing something. Fight, get it over with, get the aggression out sticking up for your teammates and allow the players to police the game themselves. It has a funny way of working itself out."

-- NHL Network analyst Jamal Mayers


The NHLPA told ESPN.com that fighting is among the topics being discussed during Donald Fehr's fall tour with all 30 dressing rooms, but otherwise the players' union declined comment on the subject at this time.

Scott Burnside, Craig Custance, Pierre LeBrun, Joe McDonald, Scott Powers and Katie Strang contributed to this report.

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