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John Scott could ‘do without’ staged fights

Oct 4, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

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It may sound odd coming from a guy like John Scott, but apparently the big Sabres enforcer isn’t a huge fan of staged fights.

“The staged fighting, the fights that don’t really mean anything, I can do without those,” Scott told The Buffalo News today. “I know I’ve been in a few of those in my career, but there’s a time and place for every fight. Sometimes they don’t really matter. I can see where the league is coming from and the fans are coming from.”

The NHL tried to reduce staged fights back in 2009, with general managers proposing a 10-minute misconduct for players who drop their gloves immediately after a faceoff. The NHLPA blocked that proposal, however.

Those who believe staged fights should be treated no differently have argued that a tussle between two heavyweights can change the momentum of the game and/or provide energy to a team that’s in need of a boost.

Still others have argued that staged fights are just…kinda awesome.

Related: Turning tide? Yzerman wants game misconduct for fighting

  1. joey4id - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    And I think the NHL can do just fine without Scott. If people payed to see fights he’d be making 8mill per year and Crosby and others would be making his bread crumbs. And a legend and icon hockey man like Bowman would not be on par with Stevie Y. Remember! Bowman coached the glorious Habs when they dethroned the big bad brute Flyers using skill and finesse. 4 cups in a row, and then more with Pitt and Chi.

  2. ibieiniid - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Advice: Resist all urges to comment on this. We might not have to read another 1000 stories about fighting if we stop showing interest.

    • Jason Brough - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Quiet down or it’s seven straight Bryzgalov posts for you.

      • thailer35 - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:01 PM


      • ibieiniid - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        ::zips mouth::
        ::inexplicably locks a zipper with a key::
        ::inexplicably passes key through said zipper to swallow it::

  3. pastabelly - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    The NHL can live without talentless goons.

    • thaddikus - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:32 AM

      Then let the level of play make them obsolete. There’s so much talent now in the league that lineups won’t have room for goons. You have to be good and then you can be a goon. Gotta eat your vegetables before you get desert sometimes (if you are a goon)

  4. xdj511 - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    I’m a huge Rangers fan and loved the Domi/Probert matchups back in the day. I remember they had basically dressed Domi once for the express purpose of having them scrap at the beginning of the game, after which he was ejected. That stuff was entertaining 20 years ago. I also used to like the WWF, but those theatrics wore thin too. Good for John Scott saying he can do without the staged crap. I’m all for dropping the gloves to stand up for a teammate, but the staged fights, where they circle each other, preen, adjust their elbow pads, grab each other, throw two punches, and get separated, does nothing for anybody. If I wanted to watch people beat the crap out of each other, there’s always MMA or boxing. I want to watch hockey.

  5. ironyisadeadscene - Oct 4, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Yeah, no more staged fights equals the end of Scott. You’ll rarely see a fight happen organically involving Mr. Scott

    • mp1131211 - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      True, because an organic fight with Scott would probably result in a one way beating. ::cough::kessel::cough::

      • mp1131211 - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:55 PM

        btw, this article is a down right hilarious glimpse into mr scott’s mind–nhl.html

  6. pxland - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    “john scott could do without staged fights”

    Lol. No he can’t.

  7. cardmagnet - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Listen to that arena going wild. Why does anyone in hockey want to take that away?

  8. joey4id - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Dr. Robert Cantu has dissected 100s of brains and interviewed hockey players who have fought. He writes that 1 of every 4 fights result in a concussion. He came to this conclusion based on how the players felt after a fight. Though not scientific, the NHL should not take this information lightly. If the NHL keeps fighting in the game, and are truly concerned about the safety of the player, they should institute a rule that every player involved in a fight must immediately undergo the concussion impact tests to determine whether or not he was concussed. If science disproves that repeated punches to the head does not cause concussions, them let the boys fight all they want. Otherwise, end it for the health and well being of the players and their families.

    • thailer35 - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      So wait until science disproves this theory to reinstate fighting? Scientifically sound arguement, sir.

      • thailer35 - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      • joey4id - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        There already have a protocol in place that they can make mandatory after a fight. (March16. 2011)

        Why not?

      • blomfeld - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        “All the world’s a stage and each must play a part”

        Joey – please remember that 99.9% of ‘staged fight’ participants are total ‘jerks’ themselves, fueled solely by their narcissistic hatred for essentially everything decent … therefore let these ‘negative’ life forms have at each other with reckless abandon … I personally loathe violence as such, however the end sometimes justifies the means … and if that involves hatred eliminating hatred, then so be it …

        ps: so true about the Habs and ‘real’ hockey prevailing over boorishness back in the 70’s eh ? … the Flyers at that time made me ‘sick’ to my stomach and what they represented was truly anything but hockey … thank God that decency carried the day in the end eh ? :)

        *** special ‘executive’ video selection for comrade Joey ***

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      Is this before or after you plan on ending boxing and MMA?

  9. earpaniac - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Big props to Jason Brough! Funny stuff!

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