Originally posted on Puck Drunk Love  |  Last updated 4/8/13

The NHL trade deadline has come and gone, signaling that we are truly in the last stages of the 2013 season. Have teams responded to the increased pressure and urgency by dropping the mitts? Not really. In a somewhat surprising turn of events, there weren't very many fights to judge from last week. As teams battle for just a handful of playoff spots, they're deploying their skill players as opposed to their muscle and grit.  The end result is that this might be one of the most lackluster Hockey Fights of the Week since the column debuted back in January. Let's hope as more and more teams fall out of the race that we can end the season with a couple of memorable bouts.  5. Brian McGrattan (CGY) vs. Tom Sestito (VAN) - April 6 Normally, a fight like this probably wouldn't make our list, but pickings are pretty slim this week. Here McGrattan takes on Sestito in a fight that's incredible lopsided. In addition to losing the fight by a large margin, Sestito also received an instigator penalty and a misconduct. Embarrassing.  4. Antoine Roussel (DAL) vs. Emerson Etem (ANH) - April 5 After watching this fight would you have guessed that it was Etem's first scrap in the NHL? Probably not. He holds himself pretty well against Roussel, but it's always disappointing to see a guy pick a fight with his visor on.  3. Ryane Clowe (NYR) vs. Deryk Engelland (PIT) - April 5 No player has benefited from the trade deadline as much as Clowe. Prior to being traded to New York, Clowe was approaching the rather unflattering milestone of being the forward that has taken the most shots without lighting the lamp in a season in NHL history. Following the trade, Clowe has two goals and two assists in four games with the Rangers. As if that wasn't enough, he also had a pretty solid fight against Pittsburgh's Engelland. 2. Tanner Glass (PIT) vs. Arron Asham (NYR) - April 3 Recently we posted an article on Glass performing an extremely classy act by paying to change fans' jerseys after he switched numbers. What happened just prior to Glass' act of kindness? He was pummeled by New York's Asham. We're not saying the two events are related, but feel free to draw your own conclusions.  1. Matt Martin (NYI) vs. Tom Kostopoulos (NJD) - April 1 Let's end this week's column with a bang. This might be one of the shortest fights you'll ever see. What this scrap lacks in length it makes up for in substance. It's terrific to see sportsmanship on display as Martin, the thrower of the punch that buckled Kostopoulos, stuck around and called over the trainer after the knockout.  Previous installments: March 25 - March 31 March 18 - March 24 March 11 - March 17 March 4 - March 10 February 25 - March 3 February 18 - February 24 February 11 - February 17 February 4 - February 10 January 28 - February 3 January 21- January 27 A big "Thank you" to Hockey Fights, our #1 resource for hockey fight videos. [follow]

This article first appeared on Puck Drunk Love and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bills owner struggles to answer question about competency

Olynk cracks funny joke about Thomas' missing tooth

NFL exec: Bears GM Ryan Pace 'just got fired with this draft'

John Elway consulted Jim Kelly before drafting nephew Chad

McCloughan a possible candidate for Bills' GM vacancy?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Rockies-Diamondbacks game included a broken-bat homer and the longest homer of 2017

Report: Texans wouldn’t take Jay Cutler’s calls

Albert Pujols mocks Rangers pitcher after beef

Top 10 takeaways from the 2017 NFL Draft

Mitchell Trubisky booed at Celtics-Bulls game, for some reason

Larry Bird's sudden exit adds to uncertainty surrounding Paul George, Pacers

The 'Beast Mode as a parting gift' quiz

Best of Yardbarker: Don't sleep on the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Our favorite undrafted players of all time

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Kicking it: Orlando surges while the Galaxy struggles

Three Up, Three Down: Madison Bumgarner gets grounded

Box Score 4/28: NFL Draft gets younger every year

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'NFL Draft Day is finally upon us' quiz

Most memorable 'NFL Draft weekend drama' stories

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern rivalries take center stage

Marshawn Lynch gives an already-spurned city hometown appeal

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Don't sleep on the Stanley Cup Playoffs

The 'Beast Mode as a parting gift' quiz

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Our favorite undrafted players of all time

Kicking it: Orlando surges while the Galaxy struggles

Three Up, Three Down: Madison Bumgarner gets grounded

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'NFL Draft Day is finally upon us' quiz

Most memorable 'NFL Draft weekend drama' stories

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern rivalries take center stage

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker