Tough Talk: Have you Ever Watched a Hockey Game Just For a Fight?

Sam Bennett was tried and convicted in the Court of public opinion for his questionable hit to Radim Simek just over a week ago. There’s an implication some people are looking ahead to February 7th (the date of the rematch between the Calgary Flames and the San Jose Sharks) just to see what response, if any, … Continue reading Tough Talk: Have you Ever Watched a Hockey Game Just For a Fight?

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Would You Rather Have a Strong Penalty Kill Or a Potent Power Play?

https://twitter.com/saracivian/status/1072661359471529984?s=21 I never really thought about it until seeing this tweet from one of my favourite Twitter follows. This week’s Tough Talk question is: If you happened to have a team that was really good at one and really bad at the other, would you rather your team be ranked higher on the power play or … Continue reading Would You Rather Have a Strong Penalty Kill Or a Potent Power Play?

RESULTS: Should the NHL Change Its Power Play Rules?

On Monday I gave a few options for changes to the NHL’s power play rules. 42 of you participated in my Twitter poll and and overwhelming 88% of you said to leave everything as it is!   https://twitter.com/toughcallblog/status/1077169995552116736?s=21 To be honest, I’m actually in favour of all the changes and I’m surprised at these results. … Continue reading RESULTS: Should the NHL Change Its Power Play Rules?

Should the NHL Change its Power Play Rules?

With the NHL’s never ending (and in my opinion, needless) quest to increase goal scoring, there’s been talk of altering the league’s power play rules. The most proposed change is switching back to the old way of having a power play for a minor penalty last the full two minutes whether a goal is scored … Continue reading Should the NHL Change its Power Play Rules?

Tough Talk: Should Brad Marchand Have Been Allowed to Participate in NHL All Star Weekend?

Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins is in the midst of a five game suspension for his elbow to Marcus Johansson of the New Jersey Devils. The suspension was issued by the NHL just three days prior to All Star weekend, for which Marchand was an obvious selection. Some players seem to be "injured" or … Continue reading Tough Talk: Should Brad Marchand Have Been Allowed to Participate in NHL All Star Weekend?

Tough Talk: Should the NHL Have an Automatic Suspension for Acts From The Bench?

Matthew Tkachuk of the Calgary Flames was suspended one game for unsportsmanlike misconduct against the Toronto Maple Leafs. What he actually did was reach out with his stick from the player's bench and spear a Leaf player who was on the ice. This season there's already been an automatic 10 game suspension for a player … Continue reading Tough Talk: Should the NHL Have an Automatic Suspension for Acts From The Bench?