Jim Matheson had a good piece in the Edmonton Journal on Phoenix Coyotes winger Dan Carcillo today:
Carcillo, in particular, spends an inordinate amount of time sitting next to the timekeeper in the penalty box. He went into Tuesday's game against the Oilers leading the league with 284 penalty minutes in only 47 games. If you average it out per game, this would equate to 494 penalty minutes over a season. That would have broken Dave Schultz's NHL record of 472 set in 1974-75 with the Philadelphia Flyers — if Carcillo hadn't sprained his knee twice this year.It seems to me there've been far more "middleweight" fighters in recent years, with the big boys not dropping the gloves quite as often (or not getting out on the ice, perhaps).
The top 10 fight major leaders this season:
There are some pretty small bodies in there, getting beat up every night. A result of a faster NHL, perhaps?