sure robin, and you as a 'core' fan won't mind in the least. given that, do you have any interest in the economic health and expansion of the nhl, IF THAT MEANS a "watering down" of this code?
the politically correct stuff doesn't matter, and we both know it. if you want a marketplace for something combining Sport and Violence, the wild wild u.s. is still a good place to place that product.
but robin, what IF hockey were to shift to a game where penalties for such action were so detrimental to a team's success - huge fines, lengthy suspensions - that it more or less evaporated. and say that what that did was move the game to where you have a bunch of gretzkys on the ice, all about puck handling and skating skills. if the enforcers had no role to play, would the GAME suffer and would you watch it?
I'm not dissing hockey - like i said, i really enjoy watching it this time of year, when the game streamlines itself (from my point of view) to something more palatable - and i don't mean to have you defend the game you obviously love.
just trying to understand the whole "enforcer" dynamic a bit more.
thanks for your reply, too.
(the gretzky thing is more about a TYPE of player than a league full of players with that kind of talent. i know a player with his game doesn't come 'round very often.)
and a different question: should lindros wake up (while he still can) and walk away?