There are a couple of things in the NHL that can do to get any fan to jump out of their seats and scream: a goal and a fight. People have argued for years about the significance of fighting in the game and we know both sides of the argument. Th fact remains that fans love hockey fights. If you don’t think so, go to a hockey game and see what goes down when gloves are dropped.
You don’t see 20,000 folks hiding their eyes, you’ll see all 20,000 folks cheering on their feet. You’ll also see team players tapping their sticks on the boards or the ice in gratitude of the two fighters. We’re not here to argue that fighting does or doesn’t have a place in hockey. We’re just here to look at the NHL teams that are throwing plenty of fists.
When looking at which teams fight the most, you’ll find that they don’t typically have one player who’s just out there dropping gloves left and right. It’s a change from the old days when every team would have a designated enforcer who was ready to fight, any time anywhere. Today’s teams have skill players who, while they are not afraid to fight, don’t make it a top priority. So, which teams are fighting the most during NHL season?
The Winnipeg Jets may be at the bottom of the Central Division standings, but there’s one thing that they lead their division in, and that’s fighting majors.
The presence of the Ottawa Senators on this list may shock some folks, but it shouldn’t. Over the last couple of years, the Senators haven’t been shy about dropping the gloves and letting the fists fly.
If you’re a hockey fan, you kind of expect the Flyers to be on this list year after year. Flyers’ owner Ed Snider has put together a team that has been physical ever since the early days of the franchise (the late 60s).
The NHL is in a bit of a change when it comes to how much salary their top players are making.
Before the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), teams made the most of a loophole that let players to be paid more than they typically would under the salary cap. That loophole created some skewed salaries.
The new CBA put a restriction on that loophole. Nonetheless, there are numerous players today with a contract that pays a lot of up-front money. These gentlemen are typically the players who are still in the first years of their lucrative deal.
This list of the NHL’s highest-paid players has seven centers, eight wingers, two goaltenders, and three defensemen.
The positives don’t outweigh the negatives and that’s the bottom line why the NHL is passing on the 2018 Olympics.
The NHL knows the arguments for being a part of the Olympics: endorsing the League, increasing the sport, giving players and fans an incredible experience. It knows why its players want to go to the 2018 Olympics. They are similar reasons the NHL went to the 1998 Olympics for the first time. Ironically, Gary Bettman was Commissioner then as well.
The NHL has been to the Olympics five times and has never seen any real evidence of a real impact on the business or sport. To tell the truth, it has seen a negative impact.
Negative attitude built among the Board of Governors over the years. The NHL wasn’t going to the 2014 Olympics but went anyway. Negative sentiment had reached the tipping point.
The NHL knew the players wanted to go to PyeongChang. The League held a meeting to the International Ice Hockey Federation, the NHL Players’ Association, and the International Olympic Committee. But no one gave anything to sway the Board that going to PyeongChang would be in the best interest of the League and with the Stanley Cup Playoffs coming up, it’s was time to move on.
“A number of months have gone by and no pertinent dialogue has materialized,” the NHL said in a statement. “Instead, the IOC has now communicated that the NHL’s participation in 2022 is conditioned on its participation in 2018. The NHLPA has verified that it has no interest in having a discussion that might make the Olympics more appealing.
To create clarity among conflicting reports and speculation, this will confirm our plan to proceed with finalizing our 2017-18 regular season schedule without any breaks for the 2018 Olympics. This matter is now officially closed.”