Some Reads

Enforcers Losing Jobs in the NHL

| Ben Eklund

Are NHL enforcers becoming endangered? Brian Burke addressed the Toronto Maple Leafs media in January 2012 and lamented the demotion of tough guy Colton Orr to the American Hockey League. With a “character” player like… Read more

Habs and Leafs Among Teams Changing Toughness Strategy

| Ben Eklund

NHL enforcer becoming an endangered species Whichever side you might be on in the “Do-Fisticuffs-Belong-In-The-Game?” controversy, Monday reinforced one undeniable fact: The Hockey Enforcer is becoming an endangered species. At least in the NHL, anyway.… Read more

Mark Borowiecki: “That’s part of my game. I enjoy doing it.”

| David M Singer

Mark Borowiecki welcomes Habs’ payback You had to expect it. Borowiecki figured as much after fighting Subban. His fight Friday night wasn’t just about sending a message to Canadiens, it was also about making sure… Read more

Opinion: Habs Should Cut Jarred Tinordi

| Ben Eklund

Why Montreal Canadiens Should Cut Jarred Tinordi The most telling part about Jarred Tinordi’s unsuccessful 2014-15 preseason is that arguably his best play got him ejected. Playing against the Washington Capitals last Sunday, Tinordi caught… Read more

Theo Fleury Defends Bettman, Fighting

| David M Singer

Fleury: Always a place for fighting Let me tell you a story that not many people know. When I was going through all those problems in New York, he called me into his office one… Read more

Fighting Remains a Big Part of Preseason Auditions

| Ben Eklund

In NHL preseason, fighting can be ticket to get yourself noticed by coaches Despite a consistent decline in regular season fights over the past several seasons — five-minute fighting major penalties have dropped 36 percent… Read more

Coach Barry Trotz Expects Capitals to Defend Each Other

| Ben Eklund

Trotz wants ‘gang mentality’ for Capitals Capitals coach Barry Trotz has no control over what the NHL considers a suspendable offense, but he is very much aware of his players’ response to what they consider… Read more

Bobby Robins Turning Heads in Boston

| Ben Eklund

Bobby Robins looking for a fighting chance with team “I think dropping the gloves is something he does, that he’s known for,” coach Claude Julien said on Tuesday. “I think the fact that he defends… Read more

Bruins Coach Julien Supports NHL’s Effort Against Diving

| Ben Eklund

Julien welcomes NHL’s new attempt to curb embellishment NHL officials will view videotapes after games, and subject escalating warnings and fines to players found to habitually embellish plays for calls. The perfect example of this… Read more

Jared Boll Earning His Roster Spot

| Ben Eklund

Blue Jackets’ Jared Boll not taking job for granted Coming off one of the most difficult seasons of his career — Boll played only 28 games thanks to three different injuries, including ankle surgery —… Read more