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Who's the NHL's best fighter?
Wed, October 10, 2007

Derek Boogaard would like to assure Edmonton that it's nothing personal, that it was pure coincidence, really, the Oilers had to scrape all those players off the ice last season. But he's glad you're thinking about him.

"It speaks to his effectiveness that we're speaking about him," admits Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. "Until we prove that we can negate his effectiveness with some good offence and make him a liability instead of an asset, we're going to have to deal with these questions."

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forget about these questions put out a question what should the leafs do with mccabe...
PARNEY, 2007-10-16 09:46:18

Someone said get rid of fighting all together. I think that would be a big mistake and stick incidents would go up drastically.

Fighting is a release for the players emotions.
Jimmy, 2007-10-13 15:50:11

Norbit

Good post, I agree let the players go back to the policing and all this crap will be gone in a heart beat.

There are way to many gutless cowards that hide behind the instigator rule knowing they can run around with no fear of getting there lights punched out.

There wasnt all these head shots and cheap shots when there wasnt the instigator rule.

Morons like Tootoo would think twice about running someone if he one of the heavyweights would be out on the next shift to " straighten " him out.
Jimmy, 2007-10-13 15:45:49

Neil, I can't believe you have on the list. He never fights anyone unless he jumps them from behind. He got away light for his elbow on Avery. But that is the stuff he does, gets them while they are trying to play and runs when they are looking for him. Laraque is the toughest, Brashear the most dangerous and Boogard and McGratten the craziest. Nobody comes close to Chara, if he had a meaner streak he would put fear into every tough guy in the league. He's the kind on player you have to fear, you never know when he is going to let loose.
Jas, 2007-10-13 14:26:27

Dave Brown , Period.

If he caught a guy with one of those lefts it was over.
BOB, 2007-10-13 13:47:02

Right now George Laraque. He doesn't fight as much these days because nobody wants to fight him. Godard? Please.Boogard is big but not much of a fighter and is feared mainly because he's a cheap shot artist. Iginla? Once again, please. Iggy is tough no doubt, but guys like Laraque would eat him for lunch. All time best? Either Dave Brown or Dave Semenko. I can't believe nobody has mentioned Semenko. The reason Gretzky escaped injury all those years while setting all his records was because people were scared to touch him. Semenko was tough and a little crazy to boot. Of course, that was before they instituted the brilliant instigator penalty. Now cheap players can maim good players and even draw a penalty for it. Hands down the worst rule in ANY sport. Remove it and watch how fast dirty hits decrease.
Norbit, 2007-10-13 03:05:00

Festus

I remember that one and I agree. I have never seen a big strong man be made to look like a rag doll being flung all over the place. My only reaction then was WOW.
wayne, 2007-10-12 10:53:15

I'm not certain about "best fighter" but after watching a replay of Chara / McCabe from a couple years ago, I know I wouldn't want to be on big Zdeno's bad side.
Festus, 2007-10-12 01:44:32

The current league tough guy has to be Big George Laracque.

From the past years I am surprised no one mentioned Bob Probert or Joey Kocur.
Jimmy, 2007-10-10 19:16:11

Eric Godard is the king of fights! Remember Bogards Concussion last year? That was from Godard! And don't count out Iginla! He can fight with the best of them.
Chad B, 2007-10-10 19:15:48

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