from Bill Beacon of the CP at the Globe and Mail, Going into play Tuesday, Hockeyfights.com had 27 fights in 68 NHL games, meaning there have been fights in 35.29 per cent of games. That’s down slightly from 37.24 per cent of games last year, but it’s early in the season.
Every team but Montreal had collected a fighting major, with Ottawa leading with four.
Still, Brendan Shanahan, the NHL’s new director of player safety, said last month that the league has looked at banning fights in the past and will discuss it again.
The league has already broadened its penalties and stiffened suspensions for hits to the head in a bid to reduce the concussions that have struck several players in recent years, threatening the careers of stars like Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron.