“Does fighting still have a place in today’s NHL? My answer is a qualified yes,” the forward wrote in this week’s magazine. “I temper my response because I don’t know of any player who truly loves fighting. Ideally it would not be a part of the game. But the nature of our sport is such that fighting actually curtails many dirty plays that could result in injuries.”
The 17-year veteran isn’t known for his propensity to drop the gloves, but by SI’s count has gotten in more than 60 fights over his career. He wrote that when he does fight, it’s usually to stick up for himself or a teammate victimized by a dirty play.