Yes, and this is because the league will protect the dirty players. Scrap the instigator rule and leave the policing to the players. If a guy is willing to face the music after running a star then so be it, I agree there's no stopping them, but at least dont protect these clowns. Let there be another Lemieux beatdown. I bet more than a few players would think twice and even change their game. Frankly, it cannot get worse than the current state.
There are "Lemieux" beatdowns all the time. Not a year goes by that there isn't some big line brawl. Look up line brawl on youtube and you'll find a TON of them. And here's the funny part, they usually take place between the same teams. Buffalo, Boston, Philly, Toronto. Nobody is using them to keep other teams honest. They're doing it because they're the types of teams built to do it. Last year Toronto and Buffalo had a line brawl because John Scott tried to fight Kessel. And Buffalo acquired John Scott because the year before that Lucic ran over top of Ryan Miller. This crap just perpetuates itself.
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