We may be on our way out but we're not going without a fight!
Tonight's show has a pretty good rage factor as we once again tackle the hot-button topic of fighting in hockey. The explosive NY Times series on Derek Boogaard has certainly stirred things up so we figured, if we we're going to address this topic, why not bring in an expert? Tonight, we are joined by ex-NHLer Georges Laraque, one of the game's most imposing enforcers ever. What we discovered during our research for this interview was just what an incredible thoughtful and dynamic man Georges is. He really turns the stereotype of the NHL fighter on it's head. We discuss the Boogaard tragedy with Georges as well as his views on fighting now that he's out of the game. We also address some of the more controversial statements he made in his recent book, "Georges Laraque: The story of the NHL's most unlikely tough guy", which you should definitely be putting on your Christmas list. Go to Laraque's website to get your copy now!
Three losses by the Sens have us fighting mad this week:
Caps 5 - Sens 3
Sens 4 - Devils 5 SO
Canucks 4 - Sen 1
While the losses were irritating, there were plenty of other things that really got us worked-up this week, such as OV's spear on Neil and the follow-up FAIL by the refs, blown leads and just about everything about the weasely Canucks. On the bright side, Nicky Figgs continues to take his game to another level, in all facets. Huge hits, dominating fights and a candidate for goal of the year. The kid is catching everyone's eye but the question is, can he maintain this level of play?
It may be the season for giving but Shredder has a few thoughts on a certain overly-generous center. Filitov has decided that he doesn't do Ottawa and has gone off to "Occupy Russia". There aren't a lot of broken hearts in Studio 11 about this.
We close out the show with our follow-up thoughts on the Boogaard article and fighting in hockey. This is such a complex topic that we probably could have dedicated an entire show to it but we do out best to look at all sides of the debate. Do we have the ultimate answer? No but maybe someone does. This is a very contentious segment that we're sure will get your blood pumping.
Happy birthday, Alfie!