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Reports: NHL GMs focus on goalie fights, specifically

Nov 12, 2013, 9:26 PM EDT

The general takeaway regarding fighting at the latest NHL GM meetings is that goalie fights were specifically being discussed, not fights in general, according to the National Post and other sources.

Perhaps it should be called the Ray Emery effect, as his not exactly mutually-agreed upon battle with Braden Holtby was on the tip of many tongues.

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman gravitated toward Emery crossing center ice, echoing the rationale behind the league discussing automatic 10-game suspensions for such actions. Meanwhile, Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin had a more practical take on fisticuffs between masked men, as TSN’s Dave McCarthy passes along on Tuesday:

If there’s any consensus from goalies in the league … it’s that they don’t want to fight Emery.

Roberto Luongo made such an NSFW joke on his treasure of a Twitter account while Jimmy Howard provided a cleaner version to

“I really don’t want to ever see Ray Emery skate down at me,’’ Howard said.

“You shouldn’t have to fight. I wouldn’t stand up to him, that’s one guy on my list that I probably would try to find the nearest exit to the ice, whether it be the Zamboni doors or the bench. I mean, jeez, you click on YouTube and you watch him take on heavyweights out there.’’

Maybe the league should simply develop some sort of escape hatch/ejector seat if Emery, 31, is heading a goalie’s way? /Problem solved.

  1. madtolive5 - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Just like the nfl protecting qbs…all about big money and protecting assets

  2. sabatimus - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    This should read: “NHL GMs focus on a non-issue”.

  3. ml3939 - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Goalies should be allowed to skate as far as the other team’s blue line. Then if the other goalie doesn’t want to fight, he can stay in his end. If the aggressive goalie crosses the opposing team’s blue line to fight the other goalie like Emery did, he can be suspended. That way goalies like Emery and Patrick Roy can still fight if they want and unwilling participants like Holtby don’t have to.

  4. spitfisher - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Simple put em in the box…..give the goalie who crosses over the red line first, the extra 2 on top of 5 for fighting in the penalty box, and don’t forget a 10 minute misconduct as well if necessary.
    Problem solved

    • stakex - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      Well, that would never prevent something like what happened with Emery. When its already a 7-0 blowout…. what’s an extra 2 minutes? In fact, I think Emery DID get an extra two for instigating.

    • joey4id - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      Wait. WTF, are you actually suggesting they put goalies in the penalty box? No. You’re joking. Right?

  5. sjsharks66 - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Way to pump Emery’s ego guys. I want a tough guy to call Emery out and feed him a few fists for his actions. The problem is not goalie fights, the problem was Emery.

    • upper90cheese - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:15 AM

      Actually sjsharks66, Ray Emery has fought tough guys before and done well. Andrew Peters and Josh Gratton come to mind. Maybe you should check out his fight card before your next awesome comment.

      An instigator penalty is an instigator penalty. That is all that happened here. People need to move on before the GMs succumb to the hype once again and the league is stuck with some more stupid rules that will never go away.

  6. stakex - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    I enjoy a good goalie fight as much as the next guy, but I also agree that a goalie shouldn’t have to fight if he doesn’t want to. Thus its simple… 10 games for crossing the other teams blue line. That way goalies could meet at center ice and go at it if they both choose We still have goalie fights from time to time, but they are never forced into it.

    • joey4id - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      Let em fight! The hell with it. Why have a different rule for goalies? Fans loved it. Right?

      • dipthatchip - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        No. Capitals fans did not enjoy their (unwilling to fight) starting goaltender get slammed in the back of the head a dozen times.

      • joey4id - Nov 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        Then he should have defended himself. It was his choice not to fight. This could happen to any player though it ever does. Don’t get me wrong. If you’ve been around here long enough, then you know that I’m not a huge proponent of fighting because of the potential concussions that can occur.

  7. philly4lyfe - Nov 12, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    stupid emery had to go and ruin goalie fights for the rest of us.

  8. muckleflugga - Nov 12, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    better still…

    leave the goalies in their creases, lower a cage full of midgets wrestlers onto centre ice, then watch hiawatha and little beaver’s enthral you with their hijinks

    can’t forget dwarf tossing, we don’t want sell those guys short

    the possibilities for entertainment in the nhl in lieu of speed and skill hockey are endless [ hey hon, let’s get movin’, doan wanna miss the first period, doan forget your teeth hyuk hyuk hyuk ]

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