Dumb move on Versteeg's part--instigating a fight with just seconds left, which could have and should have cost him a fine, a suspension, and a fine for his coach. Gretzky held up the game with a timeout with two seconds left to argue with the two refs for the instigator call.
I don't like the visor, but when you have guys that don't fight a lot, they are not going to be thinking about the visor. Also, you have fights that start spontaneously- no square off in other words- where there isn't much of a chance to get the visor/helmet off. It will be hard to fix this with a rule. If they fine people for fighting with a visor, it will have some of the same effects as the stupid instigator rule. The whole idea of fighting is that they are policing themselves. They yap at guys that are dirty players. They yap at the teammates of dirty players and then they fight. Let them yap at the guys that wear visors when they fight. Let them police this issue as well.
These guys are not fighters. They are not part of the visor wearing problem per se. OK fight at the end of a long chippy game. Edge Versteeg.
Wingnut - I'm saying he didn't deserve the misconduct. Turris hit him, glove on or off, so I don't think that I guy should get an instigator for dropping his gloves to retaliate. The rules get circumvented at times, and here giving him the instigator means a suspension, and the rule's intent was to keep guys who only played a couple of shifts from starting brawls near the end of a game. That wasn't Versteeg's intent. And yes they can work around the rule. The league did it a couple of years ago when Shane Doan went after a Canuck at the end of a game. He didn't get suspended and Gretzky didn't get fined.
I saw Versteeg fight only once in the minors with Providence and he got killed. I'm giving this crap fight a draw. I don't agree with visors in the game at all. I think if you want to wear one stay in college and sport a cage. I'm still upset at the "new helmet rule" from the 70s.
I normally agree with Eddie O but I'll disagree with this one. If a guy wants to wear a visor to protect himself against high sticks and pucks flying around that's fine. I'm definitely more old school and appreciate the guys who don't wear them but I can understand why some guys do. As far as the fighting part goes, if two guys square off then take the helmets off.
In this instance, Versteeg and Turris are just holding each other and then Turris takes a swipe. At that point, there's NO WAY they can take the time needed to take their helmets off as Versteeg's instinct is to start throwin' 'em.
Versteeg landed a couple nice shots. He gets the win.
As far as Carcillo being out there and whether or not Versteeg would have done that to him. That's comparing apples and oranges. Versteeg isn't a tough guy and doesn't pretend to be. Now if it was a goon going after Turris then you might be able to say something.
Hard to tell if anything really landed...
As for visors, you get a penalty if you instigate a fight wearing a visor, and I'm happy with that.
Yes, I'd rather they always took them off, but I think a rule or a fine for fighting with a visor would be going too far.
Maybe an extra 2 for fighting with a visor could work; maybe not so much.
Leave it how it is, I say.