Originally Posted by Smashing Machine
yes, but the rules have continued to be in favor of removing fighting and hitting from the game.
the last 2 minutes of a game suspension and fine rule is killing fighting.
the changes to remove passion and hard work from the game is killing fighting. there are less scrums, less hits due to penalties being handed out like crazy. i have seen very few Thrasher games this where they were allowed to play. most games the whistle blows when contact is made. blame the rules, or these are the worst refs in the history of the game.
i don't have the answers, but there'd be less stickwork if the instigator was non existant. there would be less worry on taking a bad penalty and never getting to play anymore on Enforcers. there would be more fighting.
you can't even bump Crosby without getting a dive and a penalty call. that is killing the game as well. while i watch Boulton get hit from behind, slam head first into the boards no call, he gets up bumps the player that did it, whistle.
penalty for being a fighter.
yea i guess it has been a slow evolution of the rules that has led us to this point. the only place where i'm torn is that i love fighting and hitting but hated the hooking and grabbing in the game......its nice to see guys like Hossa and Selane being able to play.......i like open and violent hockey if that makes sense... and i'm sure they could go hand in hand if they dropped the instigator rule.