Tuesday, February 13, 2007

"We need to bring the game back to what is was."

Add former Bruins tough guy Brian Curran to the list of hockey insiders that have spoken out against the new NHL. Currently the coach of the Quad City Mallards in the UHL, had the following to say in an interview with Jeff Wendland of Quad-Cities Online:

"Our NHL game today is boring to watch," he said. "I don't know what was so wrong with it in the '80s. The tough guys knew who the tough guys were, there was intimidation and there were battles all over the ice."Then, it was like we're not going to be able to sell the game to TV if we fight too much, and we're seeing now what a huge mistake that was. The TV deal now is not even worth it."

"I look at Robbie Nichols in Elmira," Curran said. "He's put together what's become a gong show on some nights, but look at his attendance numbers. They're way up because the fans enjoy the fights."I think fans want to see fights. We need to bring the game back to what it was, fill the stands again and forget about TV. Let the fans see the game that they want to see. It doesn't have to be barbaric, but we need to let fights happen."Brian Curran played 381 games in the NHL, totaling 40 points and 1461 penalty minutes. Curran was best remembered for his days in Boston. He also played for four other NHL teams.

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