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PHT Morning Skate: Fight debate still making the rounds

Oct 7, 2013, 8:05 AM EDT

Tom Sestito, Luke Gazdic AP

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The fighting debate isn’t likely to go away, but B.J. Crombeen of the Tampa Bay Lightning adds his two cents to the discussion. Reminder: His GM, Steve Yzerman, says it’s time for fighting to go. (The Tampa Tribune)

Meanwhile, Larry Brooks of the New York Post says now is the time to eliminate fighting from the NHL. (New York Post)

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Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly is a natural center playing left wing. So far the transition is treating him well. (The Denver Post)

New Jersey’s Jacob Josefson is hoping he can finally crack the lineup on the team’s upcoming road trip, starting tonight in Edmonton. (The Star-Ledger)

NHL ice guru Dan Craig is about to have one very busy year having to help make sure the surface is playable for six outdoor games. (Edmonton Journal)

Mika Zibanejad was a surprise cut during Ottawa’s camp but he’s taking the demotion in stride. (Senators Extra)

Finally, is this what the Calgary Flames’ third jersey is going to look like? (Icethetics, Puck Daddy)

  1. tlow97 - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Guys like Steve Downie are the reason why fighting in the NHL still exists. If the refs aren’t gonna police the ice, the John Scotts and Zenons and Parros’s will.

    • pxland - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      Have your goons “police” clean hits like Downie’s all you want we will take the power plays.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      And yet, with all the “policing” the designated fighters have been doing, we still see lots of both debatable and clearly illegal hits and resulting injuries. So how exactly do all the fights make the game less dangerous?

  2. ibieiniid - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    lol that was NOT Crombeen’s 2 cents. all he said was that it’s a debate, in a bunch of not-so-fancy words. Stamkos, however, said he wants to keep it.

  3. banger60 - Oct 7, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    , leave the fighting in, everyone jumps out of there seats, it’s been part of the game forever, this is the NHL, not European hockey.

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