Saturday, February 24, 2007

Add Simon Gagne to the List

The list of fighting proponents lengthens with every waking day. Next in line is Simon Gagne who got to talking when asked about the Sabres/Sens brawl...
It’s part of the game, and sometimes it’s good for hockey,” said Gagne. “I think the fans like it, and you see a lot of people talking about it today.

In fact, Gagne would not mind seeing an increase in on-ice altercations and would be happy if the much-debated “instigator rule” were abolished. Right now, the player that instigates a fight gets an additional two-minute minor and is suspended after accruing a certain number of those types of penalties.“The last two years the fights are still there, but I think we should have a little bit more fighting,” he said.

“It’s good for hockey and it’s good for the fans.“If they change that [instigator] rule I think you’re going to see a little bit more. At the same I think it’s smarter. You’re not going to see guys go after the best players, and if they do, they are going to deal with the tough guys at the end of the game. That’s a rule that I am for, and hopefully that’s going to happen.”

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