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07:29 AM ET 10.04 | Mike Babcock comes off as a no-nonsense, old-school coach -- but he's not fond of one old-school aspect of the game. He was asked: Will fighting be banned, some day? "Oh, I think, for sure," he said. "I'm sure there will be a day. For sure." ... It's 2013, the last time I checked, and we're talking about taking all of the head shots out of the NHL and that stuff's going on? I don't know. "To me, I don't understand it, actually. Everyone will tell you it has a place in the game," Babcock said. "There's lots of hard, hard games that don't allow fighting. I don't have all the answers there. I just know that the way we've made it now, you've got helmets and some guys don't, and they're taking them off or not taking them off (when fighting). To me, that's not two guys mad, fighting. That's something else."

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George Parros, Icon Sports George Parros, Icon Sports
October 4, 2013  09:04 AM ET

funny thing, I am not a huge fan of fighting, but I actually do understand its place in the game, (or at least think I do)
What I hate is these knee-jerk reactions. yes, a guy fell on his face and it was ugly, (I mean the incident, your opinion on Mr. Parros' looks is up to you) but this rush to "do something" is nonsense.

October 4, 2013  09:07 AM ET

I don't understand its place in the game, at all.

If they banned it tomorrow, it would take nothing away from the sport IMHO.

October 4, 2013  09:15 AM ET

I wonder if Babs would feel the same way if we had Bob Probert or Joey Kocur in our line up.

October 4, 2013  09:20 AM ET

I'm all for getting rid of useless goons whose only function is fisticuffs. They can't skate, can't make plays and can't score. Git rid of them. But I'm not for banning legit, spontaneous fights, especially in response to idiots running smaller and skilled players.

October 4, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I don't understand its place in the game, at all. If they banned it tomorrow, it would take nothing away from the sport IMHO.

Two words to explain its place in hockey: Matt Cooke.

As long as idiots like him are allowed to run around with impunity, looking for someone to hurt instead of playing hockey, a deterrent must be in place. Case in point Evander Kane taking care of that moron in such decisive fashion. That was a thing of beauty.

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October 4, 2013  09:34 AM ET

I can understand the occasional pop in the nose brought on by a "dirty" hit or just frustration at times. It is overdone quite often and that brings out all the "OMG, what a terrible thing" types. I think suspensions have done a pretty good job of keeping things under control in the last few years. I have no problem with a committee of players/coaches studying the thing for a year and making recommendations for new rules (or not).

October 4, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Two words to explain its place in hockey: Matt Cooke. Case in point Evander Kane taking care of that moron in such decisive fashion. That was a thing of beauty.

May Canuck be inclined to bless us with that video clip?

October 4, 2013  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

funny thing, I am not a huge fan of fighting, but I actually do understand its place in the game, (or at least think I do)What I hate is these knee-jerk reactions. yes, a guy fell on his face and it was ugly, (I mean the incident, your opinion on Mr. Parros' looks is up to you) but this rush to "do something" is nonsense.

Agreed. Perhaps they could ban talking about banning fighting.

October 4, 2013  09:41 AM ET

October 4, 2013  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

BGDave

Thanks, BGDave. Beautiful! That's why fighting belongs in hockey!

October 4, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Two words to explain its place in hockey: Matt Cooke.As long as idiots like him are allowed to run around with impunity, looking for someone to hurt instead of playing hockey, a deterrent must be in place. Case in point Evander Kane taking care of that moron in such decisive fashion. That was a thing of beauty.

Plus we'd miss out on Avs-Wings line brawls, Turtle Lemieux, and Roy getting his arse handed to him.

October 4, 2013  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Plus we'd miss out on Avs-Wings line brawls, Turtle Lemieux, and Roy getting his arse handed to him.

Ahhhh! Those were the days!

I think Roy Boy is still pissed about that.

October 4, 2013  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

funny thing, I am not a huge fan of fighting, but I actually do understand its place in the game, (or at least think I do)What I hate is these knee-jerk reactions. yes, a guy fell on his face and it was ugly, (I mean the incident, your opinion on Mr. Parros' looks is up to you) but this rush to "do something" is nonsense.

The question becomes:

How do you handle all the cheapshots that the refs miss if you take fighting out of the game???

A guy runs your best player or two hands him and the refs miss it, then what?

October 4, 2013  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

The question becomes:How do you handle all the cheapshots that the refs miss if you take fighting out of the game???A guy runs your best player or two hands him and the refs miss it, then what?

See Post #10. That's how.

October 4, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I don't understand its place in the game, at all. If they banned it tomorrow, it would take nothing away from the sport IMHO.

I'd immediately stop watching.

October 4, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I think Roy Boy is still pissed about that.

I doubt it.

October 4, 2013  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Ahhhh! Those were the days!I think Roy Boy is still pissed about that.

I think we'll see Babs change his mind the first time they play the Avs and he punches Roy in the face.

October 4, 2013  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

funny thing, I am not a huge fan of fighting, but I actually do understand its place in the game, (or at least think I do)What I hate is these knee-jerk reactions. yes, a guy fell on his face and it was ugly, (I mean the incident, your opinion on Mr. Parros' looks is up to you) but this rush to "do something" is nonsense.

The Parros insicdent could have hapened in any number of ways. Awkward falls happen all the time. Knife like skates fly about all the time. Sticks are flying about at head height. Guys are wearing weaponry masquerading as protective equipement.

It's why they get stupid money to play the game.

 
October 4, 2013  10:29 AM ET

Soon we'll have Calvin & Hobbes dropping by to try to have a well thought out dicussion on the relevance of fighting in hockey today.

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