Not to keep harping on fighting in the NHL, but Tim Panaccio has a nice column looking at respect in the NHL (login info.). An interesting undercurrent to the column is the role of protective equipment in all of this. Once players lose the fear of getting hit, they often lose the fear of executing a dirty hit. In the NHL, it seems you can have protective gear and you can have respect, but maybe you can’t have both.
In other news, is Anaheim defenseman Mathieu Schneider on the move (login info.)? I kind of doubt it. I think if anyone can figure out how to have a blueline big three of Schneider, Chris Pronger, and Scott “Unretired” Niedermayer, it’s Ducks’ GM Brian Burke. But Todd Marchant? I suspect he’s soon out of Anaheim, what with his being a healthy scratch last week.
Also, my fantasy column is up: it’s all about goalies.