Sidney Crosby is or should I say was once one of the best NHL players ever to be drafted. He has not played a single game since suffering yet another concussion on dec. 6th 2012. Crosby was on a scoring streak until the unfaithful game of dec. 18th 2010 when they lost to the islanders 8-1. (Crosby did not score the goal.) Needless to say the young star was not at all pleased with himself. Nor would I if I were in that position Sid the kid has the game on hold. The penguins need star players like him to keep their game to par with the standings. Yet the game is being changed all because of this hit on Crosby I would like to discuss the topic of fighting being banned in the NHL, Ever since the 2009 NHL regular season, the NHL commissioner Gary bettman, and the general managers of the NHL have been wondering the same thing, why would they be doing this? Is one question that you may be asking the answers are simple, a few of them are so players can concentrate on the game and the plays, and when you do that, you’re one more game closer to the playoffs so no players have long term injuries threatening to end their career early and so they don’t lose pay also so no players get suspended.
There has been an estimate of approximately 24,000 fights ever since the 2009 NHL regular season, players have been fined, and suspended, now players just don’t get fined on the ice and every fight that they get into, they also get fined off the ice rarely but it does tend to happen every now and then, like Patrick Kane he got fined for punching a taxi driver in the face,
Should fighting really be banned in the NHL? Think about it, now, I am sure you all know who Alexander Ovechkin is; well I bet you didn’t know he has gotten fined $40.000 in his whole NHL career, from 2004, up to now, that’s a long time therefore resulting in a lot of fights, but then again on the other hand it’s Alexander Ovechkin, he’s Russian and he likes to fight dirty and what can you do about that? but then again he’s not as bad as the New York rangers left winger number 16, Sean Avery you all know what made him so famous in the NHL? Fighting, his fighting got so bad, they named a rule after him in the NHL rule book, now you have to be a pretty dirty fighter to get in that book, that’s something you don’t want to be proud of.
Players get injured they get into fights almost every game they play, and if you get rid of fighting like a good scrap, you’d also be getting rid of the fantastic thing that every hockey fan loves, the power play, now what would hockey be if you got rid of that? Garbage, useless no point in watching, not great not fun at all. But what would you want, knowing that your favourite player is out for 2-6 months with a concussion or a broken bone? Or if you're in the coaches perspective knowing that you have just lost your star player for a long time, and if he has a concussion will he ever be able to play another NHL game in his life? weather it was a hit from behind, a cross check, a really hard body check, into the boards, or on to the ice, that's what it could lead up to, a concussion, a broken bone, or the end of an NHL career, if it's bad enough Matt Cooke number 24 for the Pittsburgh penguins has been getting in the act of fighting too, he’s had a total of 62 minutes in penalties this year that’s a lot of time in the jail box. But Sid the so called perfect kid has gotten a total of 31 minutes in penalties’ that’s pretty bad for the perfect poster kid and also the captain of the penguins, so what, players get sent in the penalty box then the power play starts, Player's get hurt they get broken bones, and every once and awhile here and there, you'd see them get into a dirty bloody fight, then they'd go off the ice to get stitched up in the locker room, and in very rare cases, the player wouldn't return to the game.
Player's don’t often get a lot of broken bones from a fight, but some of them fight with their helmets on and some player's don't
They would probably get them from a cross check, hard body check, or even slamming into the boards at high speeds and there's not much you can do to stop that now cans you? No you can't so yes player's do occaisanly get a broken bone or a concussion every so often not a big deal right? well it is when you're the coach and the player's on the team are depending on the player who's injured take Sidney Crosby for instincts He's out for a week with a Concussion, this happened during the winter classic between penguins and captains with him gone put it this way Crosby + injury = The Penguins fall apart, it's because Crosby's the play maker of the Penguins and without the play maker your team is bound to fall apart