Fighting should always be in hockey. (Frank) all this player safety bullshit about the helmets during fighting.
So, the 3 players that died within a very short stretch a couple of summers ago, we don't take them into account? One was self medicating, the others died via suicide. I know you can't link fighting and their deaths in a straight line, but the more research shows, the more we see repeated blows to the head cause mood swings, depression, concussions, etc. All three of those guys were grinders/fighters. It's a small sample size, I know. I'm all for keeping fighting in the game. But in this day and age, the NHL has to address safety concerns when it comes to head/brain injuries. It's not 'hopping on the NFL's bandwagon' so much as taking the proper measure to use the medical research they've got and make the right decisions. If they don't, they'll face a much larger backlash than they already are, not counting lawsuits, etc.
I know I'm going to get ripped for this. It doesn't mean I support 'sissifying' the sport or whatever you call it. But you can't ignore what's out there, it's irresponsible as a league to do so. Every sport is taking more precaution when it comes to head and brain injuries, for the NHL to not do so would be another black eye for the league. The NFL, the country's most powerful sport is being torn to shreds for their behavior and disregard for the signs. So for the NHL not to look into this information, it would be a huge misstep, in my opinion.
Go ahead, yell at me all you want.