NEW YORK _ They like toughness in the city that never sleeps.
All the talk today in NHL circles will surround staged fighting.
Look, here’s the reality of the David Dziurzynski fight against Frazer McLaren Wednesday night in Toronto: Dziurzynski bit off more than he could chew. That’s it. That’s all.
The experts will now debate staged fights because Dziurzynski was knocked out by McLaren. Even GM Bryan Murray wondered aloud why Dziurzynski didn’t do a better job choosing his opponent.
I know there are people out there who felt Dziurzynski’s act was heroic. Hardly. It wasn’t well thought out at all. There was no way he should have gone toe-to-toe with McLaren. What Dziurzynski should have done was just skated away.
It was hard to watch, but McLaren was cut for eight stiches.
Former Rangers GM Neil Smith was in the Toronto press box. A friend from the deadlines we’ve worked together on Sporsnet, he said it reminded him of the way Nick Kypreos’ career ended when he fought New York’s Ryan Vandenbuscche.
Kypreos was knocked out and looked lifeless on the ice.
“I hate seeing that stuff,” said Smith. “It’s scary to watch.”
So today you’re going to have to endure lots of debates about staged fights. Captain Daniel Alfredsson just called it “part of the game” and maintained “that’s hockey” when he was asked about the incident Thursday night.
Debate all you want. Fighters have to do a better job picking their spots. That’s the way I see it.