With all the transition going on here yesterday we didn’t get much chance to discuss the disaster at the Igloo the night before … not that it’s worth re-hashing, and obviously you all hashed it as it was happening.
But I keep going back to what happened at the opening faceoff. Godard and Colton Orr had prearranged, or as we used to say, “made reservations” to have a little dance. The puck hit the ice and off they went. Pretty good fight as hockey fights go. Some big bombs. Both landed at least one good one.
I’ve always enjoyed the tough side of hockey, always liked the tough guys, always thought the Lady Byng was an award you don’t want to win.
And I fully understand that this wasn’t one of those — well we’re out here together, we might as well fight — and it wasn’t a case of trying to make a statement. The two guys had history. Orr had roughed up Sidney Crosby a bit in the past, and then tried to goad Godard into a fight last time, and Goddard smartly declined as the Penguins were leading late.
I just want to get some of your feelings on these types of fights, though. The drop-of-the-puck fight, and the “just because we’re both on the ice at the same time” fight. Aren’t they pretty useless.
I love it when a guy like Crosby is tough enough to stick up for himself, or Jarome Iginla, or Lecavalier. Or so many other guys who are players who don’t mind fighting, rather than fighters who sometimes play. I just think maybe the fight between designated goons, which has nothing to do with the emotion and fire of the game, is past its time. Those guys — one per team, who usually don’t get a sniff of a shift during the playoffs — are involved in probably 95 percent of all fights. Do we really need this silly showcase anymore?
Wouldn’t it be nice if the Rangers didn’t need a Colton Orr taking up cap and roster and lineup space?
Now, on to the Super Bowl, that long-awaited, dragged-out, two-week TV show and corporate schmooze. Sam Borden and I will make our picks today, and if anybody wants to join us, or to comment on that game, visit us at Faceoff.