"I wonder where we're going with it, that's the only lament I have on this," he said at the time. "The fear that if we don't have guys looking after each other, that the rats will take this game over."
Column: NHL increasingly popular, out of control →
Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlye, who has two players _ Mike Brown and Colton Orr _ among the league leaders in fights _ said "fisticuffs" are a part of the game that are here to stay.
Fights have spiked in another shortened NHL season →