By Nick Wilder
Montreal Canadiens right winger George Parros was knocked out after falling to the ice while attempting to fight Toronto Maple Leafs right winger Colton Orr on Tuesday. This prompted the question of whether or not fighting should be taken out of the NHL.
CSN Chicago Blackhawks analyst Steve Konroyd joined SportsTalk Live Tuesday night to share his thoughts on the issue.
“I’m starting to agree with the general managers, I think they should do away with fighting," Konroyd said. "It’s lost its real meaning, especially with the stage fights going on. Somebody is going to get severely injured soon.”
When asked if there's any reason to think that the NFL concussion lawsuit factors in to this debate, Konroyd offered his opinion.
“I don’t know if there’s any direct correlation with the NFL, but I think what they are calling for and what they realize is that it’s the only major sport that allows fighting," Konroyd said. "They could do away with it by enforcing suspensions on players that do it.”
If the NHL banned fighting, Konroyd believes certain things would have to occur during games involving the referees and players.
“I think if the game is called the way it’s supposed to be played, things should not get out of hand," Konroyd said. "If fighting were to be banned, I think it becomes not only the responsibility of the referees, but the players themselves. They just have to respect each other.”