The comments are rising from everywhere now.
Ban fighting or don’t ban fighting.
Matt Kassian certainly doesn’t think anybody should.
He just says it’s the same old people making the same old argument.
“Those are the people that have been saying that for however long regardless of what happens or doesn’t happen. It’s a reaction thing obviously when you see something that isn’t pleasant to see, that’s the reaction. It’s the same way with anything in life when people see something or something happens, the first thing is to react to it and obviously they feel, or some people feel, the best way to stop that from happening is to take fighting out of the game, but the fact of the matter is that could have just been someone tripping over someone in the boards, that could have been someone falling into the boards and blowing an edge, that could have been someone taking a puck to the face,” said Kassian.
“We saw that happen a couple times last year to the jaw, not even to the eye region with guys wearing visors. I think with anything, you have to sit down and really think about it as opposed to just immediately making a decision on something just because something just happened. You have to really sit and process I think and take some time to work through it before you’re just all up in arms and making an evaluation on that. I obviously know that are just going to try to use this for their agenda, which is fine that’s what they’re going to do and it’s their right to. It is what it is.”
Chris Neil pretty much echoed those sentiments.
“Fighting belongs in the game, if you don’t have it you have a lot of smaller players running around with their sticks and sticks can do a lot more damage than a punch can. I look at the Phil Kessel thing, that’s just as bad as going out and getting in a fight when you see a guy swing his stick like that, but it’s one of those things that you’ll more incidents like that if you don’t have fighting in there. It’s one of those things where it’ll always be a part of the game. As far as the every day fighting just for the sake of it, I think that’s going to the wayside, but as far as intensity in front of the net battles, spur of the moment, that’s where you see your best fights any way. The guys are going at it, they’re giving it all they’ve got and as far as lining up next to another guy, tapping him on the pads and saying “let’s go” that doesn’t happen too often any more,” added Neil.