Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Fighting: Does it Help?
This is actually the first installment on the value of fighting. Highly controversial topic, no doubt, and it's probably the most hotly contested subject we have ever struggled over. To get my bias out of the way immediately, I don't think fighting is effective as a deterrent to hitting top players anymore, and thus its only value is to put asses in the seats. And it does that admirably. Because we're still a pretty cash-poor league, we need it.
As of right now, Dahntahn Dangler is putting together a pretty extensive statistical analysis of fighting's value, but I want to throw some surface data at you first. I want to warm up the crowd; I am Bobcat Goldthwait to Dahntahn's Jim Gaffigan.
Basically, I just did a little (emphasis on "little") research and put together the rankings of NHL teams in terms of fighting majors and overall standings at the end of the year. I included the last 20 years (if I could; the Ducks only go back 17) to see if the best fighting teams showed signs of also being the best teams overall. So, I took 5 NHL teams and this is what I got (Note: rankings on the left of the chart are flipped, for the record):