Is fighting good for the game? Are fancy stats bad for fans?

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A brutal fight last night has some writers once again questioning it's place in the game. NHL teams are beginning to accept new statistics, but are fans?

Is it time to examine the role of fighting in hockey? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports

From the blog Puck Daddy: I'm not a big fan of hockey fights, especially staged fights, primarily because they're a sideshow. In my mind, hockey fights are to ice hockey what yelling "Car!" is to road hockey.

Ronny Keller paralyzed after hit into boards in Swiss playoff game (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
From the blog Puck Daddy: It’s the nightmare for any hockey player, fan or league: That this inherently dangerous game will lead to a catastrophic injury through a vicious play.

NHL teams ready to embrace advanced statistics | Hockey | CBC Sports
National Hockey League teams participated in the seventh annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston as they try to apply a proved statistical analysis in the search for success on and off the ice, writes Elliotte Friedman.

Des fissures dans la défense du CH | Marc Antoine Godin | Hockey

Brian Gionta a eu l'honneur d'inscrire le 20 000e but de l'histoire du Canadien dans la Ligue nationale. Un fait d'arme qui ne change rien à la grande chaîne de la...

"Je dois être plus compétitif", soutient Carey Price | Marc Antoine Godin | Hockey

Carey Price a déjà été de meilleure humeur.

Spitfire’s Vail back on the offence

WINDSOR, Ont.: A fill-in role on defence nearly turned into a full-time post for Windsor Spitfires

Dividing the NHL’s star forwards by style | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com

Justin Bourne creates some new criteria to differentiate star players.

At what point does someone lose all credibility? | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com

Daniel Wagner rips Damien Cox, but the real controversy is he calls Vancouver Canada's second biggest hockey market. (After I pointed it out to Daniel, he mentioned it was a typo and has since edited)

2013 NHL Draft Consensus - Seth Jones Takes Over, Jonathan Drouin Closes In | NHLNumbers.com

Derek Zone looks at draft rankings to find out who the Oilers are going to take 1st overall this year. Just kidding, Zona.

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