Apparently my last post on the Colton Orr/Todd Fedoruk tilt last night struck a nerve with some of you, which is fine, because some of the comments in return struck a nerve with me.
Here’s what I know: I know hockey is still about scoring more goals than the other team, and yet sometimes you need to protect the guys that score the goals. I know that the Rangers feel empowered by the presence of Colton Orr in the lineup, so even if the benefit is only psychological, there is a reason he is there.
If you want to talk about fighting’s importance in the context of the larger game, then that’s a discussion I’m willing to have. If you think the Rangers needed to show the Flyers that the likes of Fedoruk and Derian Hatcher can’t just elbow Jaromir Jagr at will, guess what? I think you’re right.
My problem is with those fans who think that even if the Rangers lost last night, the game was still a success by the fact that Fedoruk left the ice on a stretcher. My problem is with people who think that the Rangers sent a message last night, and it had nothing to do with the fact that they won 5-0 and are within a point of sixth place.
Again, we’re talking about context. There are members of the media who feel strongly about the need to do away with fighting in hockey. I’m not quite there yet. I think intimidation goes a long way in this game, and having been knocked around the ice more than few times, I don’t question how that factors into a team’s effectiveness.
But there are people who think fighting is paramount in this sport. And those are invariably the people you come across in late night men’s games, and who can’t skate worth a lick…
Meanwhile, one update: