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No decision has been made in regards to which goaltender will get the starting nod for the season opener. Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette must choose between Steve Mason, who was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets late last season, or Ray Emery, who went 17-1-0 with a 1.94 goals-against average for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2012-13 before signing with the Flyers as a free agent.
Heres hoping Emery has the shits tonight and Mason plays ,cause Emery can/will fight ,dont want Bernier fighting him either
Last I looked the players are adults, have chosen this career path, understand the risks involved and still see a need for fighting in the game. Don't understand why this is an issue.
@Leafs rule Flyer fans are saying Mason's in net.
@Leafs rule Knuckles can handle.
@wendelsway1 Because one day someone will die.
If the refs called the small shit. Liberal use of Unsportmanlike conduct. Facewash, unsportsmanlike. Any rat like behaviour that isn't penalized just leads to trouble.
@Yaknowwhat Be prepared bud. It's gonna go at some point.
@Yaknowwhat Quoting guys in the game now serves no purpose. Of course they love fighting...it's what they're used to. But, like I said...one generation of players is all it will take to change that attitude. One generation of kids who never had to deal with these guys and could just play.
@Airfreshener I didn't say a majority wanted fighting gone. I said not all were happy with it. If a poll said that 25% were against fighting would that be enough to change things?
These pools are only given to existing hockey fans. What about the people who aren't hockey fans BECAUSE of the fighting?
@CanuckUKinToronto This argument that it's what the fans want is absolutely false. And who cares what the current players want...it's irrelevant to the argument. None of them wanted to wear helmets when they were mandated into the game.
@GreekGod Please. What else is he gonna say? Come on.
@Yaknowwhat The rate of fighting is well down.
@GreekGod You just don't get it, do you. I'm not against fighting...I have no problem with the UFC. I'm against it in hockey. I don't consider it a part of the game.
@Yaknowwhat Of course it's been reduced. Are you old enough to have watched hockey in the 70's or 80's?
@GreekGod This is a ridiculous argument. I'm amazed you actually believe it. Rats will always be a part of this game...fighting has not reduced their numbers in the least.
Besides since you guys all think fighting is so harmless wouldn't you rather have these rats dealt with by giving them a nice 2-hander across the head? Isn't that preferable to fighting them?
Exactly my point. Rats like Keleta don't change. But it stops other players from becoming rats. You think some mediocre player wants to have Colton Orr or Frazer MacClaren dropping them? Fuck no.
Guys like Keleta and Prust will turtle or hide behind the refs or finally find a dancing partner that they know they can handle.
@Yaknowwhat Yes...all of them staged.
Tell me about the rules for 3rd man in, or leaving the bench...or instigator. These are all restrictive changes to fighting that have happened in the last 30 years. Now it's helmets.
@GreekGod Nope. Do you? Because last time I looked Kaleta was still a rat douche.
It's not keeping them out... It's keeping them from multiplying.
We saw it last year when Keleta took a cheap shot on Franson. Next puck drop Colton Orr went at him and started feeding him punches while Keleta turtled. You don't think that sends a message?
Now if another player sees that... I'm sure he'll think twice before having to deal with Orr. Guys like Keleta don't change. Hence why they are rats
@Yaknowwhat No...the removal of fighting has been happening for 40 years.
@Yaknowwhat This isn't knee jerk. It's been happening for 40 years. You understand that, right?
@GreekGod Yeah...because the fact that fighting is in the game has done a great job of keeping the rats out to this point.
Fighting does not achieve what people think. It's just entertainment for the masses.
@GreekGod That's the assumption. But that's all it is...an assumption.
@Yaknowwhat @Giller @wendelsway1 This is a ridiculous argument. Checking and shooting are intrinsically part of the game. Show me the rule book where it outlines the proper way to fight. Do they teach it in hockey school? Would you want your kids to be fighting in their little league games? It's something that has been tolerated (or encouraged), but it's out of hand. I don't mind fighting occasionally, but when you've got players who train for fighting, can't even play hockey, seeking each other out it's nonsense.
@Yaknowwhat It doesn't matter what the guys who play think. They don't make the rules...they never have.
When fighting is out of the game it'll take one generation of players to be on board. Just one.
@Yaknowwhat Bodychecking and shooting are parts of the game. And fighting is not. It's been around so long that people actually think it is...but it's not.
I love a good fight...but it's not what hockey is about to me.