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.
.... My stats from from man's experience not a writers pen. The player who lost the battle will think twice next time when the score is 3-0.— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) November 4, 2013
.... When that player thinks twice the Flyers may get one, then two because the other team/player doesn't want to go where they went before.— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) November 4, 2013
.... "Battle". Then all of a sudden the score is 4 to 3 for the Flyers as a result o what went on prior, the battle.— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) November 4, 2013
... You see when u sit their and have bled, sweat or felt the limits of the body and mind then u can sit at my table and talk. Not before ..— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) November 4, 2013
Ones with the pens have you ever felt that? My wife when she first met me asked what I did. I said play"Hockey", she said good a mans game!— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) November 4, 2013
Why are we trying to turn it into a boys game! It does take a man not a boy to face those fears. Most haven't forgot about the fight since— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) November 4, 2013
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.
A thought from my CTE brain (sarcasm). It's sad that the power of the pen and the writers behind it (probably have never played the game)...— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) November 3, 2013
.... want to and potentially could destroy the game I Love!!! Hurts the insides!!!— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) November 3, 2013
Let me have a voice and choice!!!!— Krys Barch (@krysbarch) November 3, 2013
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.