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The old joke, "I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out!" isn't going over as well anymore. In fact, a young hockey fan might not even get it. Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke certainly isn't laughing. The former head disciplinarian for the NHL is upset that fighting is down and suspensions are up. He thinks self-policing is the way to go. Agree?
A change for the better?
Hockey is evolving and the speedy skaters with abundant skill are pushing out the intimidating enforcers with fists clenched. Is this a good thing?
Last of the breed?
Brandon Prust and Zenon Konopka are tied with 11 fighting majors each which leads the league. Does that make either the best enforcer in the game?
More fights means less punishment?
The NHL has been busy lately handing out suspensions for cheap shots. Burke believes making players back up their actions would cut down on punishable acts.
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Believe it or not, the start of the NHL regular season is just about a week away. No, seriously, we're not kidding. We know the leaves haven't turned and summer doesn't actually end until today, but what the heck, it's been, what, at least three or four weeks since the Penguins won the Stanley Cup, right?
Then again, maybe that short offseason helps keep the NHL fresh in SportsNation's mind. A year ago, voters correctly predicted the Red Wings to win the Western Conference and made the Penguins their second choice, behind the Red Wings, to win it all.
Blackhawks star Patrick Kane and ESPN.com writer Scott Burnside stopped by chat Monday to help SportsNation get its ice legs before jetting off to Europe (Burnside to Stockholm for the Red Wings and Blues and Kane to Helsinki for the Blackhawks and Panthers).
Jason (Ellicott City, MD)
You are only rated an 86 in NHL. What is up with that?
I think an 86 is pretty good to be honest with you. I think the highest are Crosby and 94 and Ovechkin at 92. I thought I'd be better than Teows, but I am still on the cover. I got him by that. Full transcript
AJ (Champaign, Ill.)
How do the Blackhawks avoid a lull in their performance after they return from Finland?
AJ; Good question. The European experiment has been decidedly mixed in terms of how it affects teams. All four coaches who went last year got fired although the Pens did end up winning a Cup. I think the 'Hawks' youth and the nice steady hand of head coach Joel Quenneville will keep them from going off the rails when they get back from Finland. Full transcript