Krys Barch Sounds off on NHL Fighting: Why Turn Hockey into a 'Boys' Game?

Isaac SmithAnalyst INovember 4, 2013

NEWARK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: Krys Barch #22 of the New Jersey Devils flips the helmet off Brett Gallant #59 of the New York Islanders prior to their second fight of the first period at the Prudential Center on September 19, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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With recent debate surrounding the NHL and the possibility of eliminating fighting at some point down the road, Florida Panthers forward Krys Barch voiced his opinion on the topic on Monday night, via his Twitter account.

Barch suggests that the NHL has allowed the media to take the fight against fighting too far. 

The 33-year-old certainly has plenty of experience to fall back on while writing his Twitter rant, as the next fight that he is involved in will be his 100th in the NHL. The career journeyman has 725 penalty minutes in 331 games.

The big issue with what Barch has delved into is whether fighting will be put to rest by media pressure, similar to what the NFL has had to deal with in helmet-to-helmet circumstances during its concussion lawsuits.

But Barch doesn't seem to answer the bigger question that one might think an enforcer would answer.

What is the place for fighting in an NHL game? Is it just between enforcers or is it for any player who wants to join in the fray. Judging by Barch's outspoken tweets, it would appear that any player that feels the need to indulge in fighting should be allowed to do so.

The question of fighting, Barch vehemently argues, should be left to the players.

He does have a point. He isn't getting paid to be on the ice for what more skilled players are getting paid to do.

Barch is being paid to fight.

He will make $750,000 this season, per CapGeek. The fact remains that Barch wouldn't have a spot in the NHL if it weren't for fighting.

He doesn't contribute much offensively—putting up 31 points in 331 career games—and he isn't really the forward that is going to make or break a team's bottom-six forwards' group with just seven minutes and 37 seconds of ice time through five games this season.

During the 2012 NHL lockout, Barch went on a Twitter rant of epic proportions, highlighting the problems faced by NHL journeymen, via QMI Agency's Ryan Pyette (via the Toronto Sun).

Will Barch's Twitter rant on fighting be enough to deter media, even if only temporarily?

It is doubtful, due to the amount of ice time that he gets, that Barch will get taken seriously enough. But he does make some good points for what it is worth.