A pair of Buffalo Sabres bangers arenít thrilled with comments made Wednesday by respected hockey mind Steve Yzerman.
Buffalo forward John Scott, who was at the centre of the Sabres-Toronto Maple Leafs melee on opening night, told the Buffalo News the anti-fighting crowd is "trying to take my job away."
"Theyíve been in hockey their whole life," Scott said of Yzerman and the like, "and now theyíre trying to take my job away and other guysí jobs away just because they donít like it now. But when they played, it was perfectly fine.
"Itís a little annoying."
Yzerman, currently the Tampa Bay Lightningís general manager and former Detroit Red Wings captain, has called for an automatic game misconduct penalty for dropping the gloves. His remarks Wednesday were publicly endorsed by other executives, including legendary bench boss Scotty Bowman and Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford.
Sabres defenceman Mike Weber, meanwhile, is in his teammateís corner. He believes players can police the game just fine on their own.
"Every year itís something," Weber said. "Theyíre trying to change our game. We have a pretty great game, and I think it should be left alone."
Scott, for what itís worth, wants to see staged fighting removed from the game.
"The staged fighting, the fights that donít really mean anything, I can do without those. I know Iíve been in a few of those in my career, but thereís a time and place for every fight," Scott said. "Sometimes they donít really matter."
Scott, a 6-foot-8 270-pound giant, has been involved in 34 fights in 180 NHL games. Weber has been in 10 over a 175-game career.