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Fighting 'not a debate within the game'

Updated: March 9, 2009, 9:41 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

NAPLES, Fla. -- Want to know why the debate over fighting in the National Hockey League will never be resolved?

It's because, for the most part, people in the NHL don't see that there's a debate about fighting at all. Fighting is part of the game. Has been since the days when they used frozen horse dung and curved tree branches. Move along, people. Nothing to look at here.

"To me, it's not a debate within the game," Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke said Monday during ...

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