Does Barch Have a Point About the Flyers?

Florida tough guy Krys Barch took to Twitter last night, delivering his take on the Flyers Caps line brawl that took place on Friday.

If we’re honest, some of what Barch said perhaps did not suggest anything others have not already said about the Flyers conduct on Friday – the ‘sending of a message’ that Philadelphia won’t just roll over.

In some ways Barch’s comments felt slightly ‘old attitudes vs new’; but I think he has a point. Albeit one I was saddened to acknowledge.

The brawl resulted in a sum total of zero suspensions (though Ray Emery’s conduct will almost certainly lead to rule changes), and reaffirmed that Philadelphia still has a few slivers of its Broad Street Bullies days still running through the franchise.

Barch voiced his opinion on the incident through a series of tweets:

Own personal [view] of Flyer/Caps situation from a players point of view.

I’m not going to talk about the two teams involved but rather the thought process that happened, and will happen as a result. This situation could happen to any two teams in the league and the mental outcome would be the same for most teams.

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. 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. “Battle”. Then all of a sudden the score is 4 to 3 for the Flyers as a result of what went on prior, the battle.

You see when [you] sit [there] and have bled, sweat or felt the limits of the body and mind then [you] can sit at my table and talk. Not before …..That!!

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!

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.

The Caps/Flyers situation happened for a reason both mental and physical. There is a mans thought process behind it!

Just a players point of view!!!

With the lack of suspensions, I can see what Barch is suggesting here. If a team gets run out of the building in the way the Flyers did in the 2nd period on Friday, their 3rd period response is, potentially, something to make other teams think. That a response will come from ‘this team’. And nothing will stop that…

Whether you agree with Barch that the mere idea of a team like the Flyers just pummelling you because they’re losing will scare teams in to taking their foot off the proverbial throat probably depends on your personal stance on fighting and whether you think other players would be intimidated by that kind of thing. Barch does; and to be fair he is an active player so I think it’s fair to say he has at least one finger on the pulse of the league…

Again, when there are no repercussions for these kinds of incidents, then I do think there is at some merit to what Barch says about these kinds of throw downs happening again. Because why not? No suspension. No fine. Message sent?

I don’t think he is right that this could happen between *any* two teams – for example I cannot see the Red Wings reacting in the same manner the Flyers did. But the Bruins maybe? Perhaps not so far fetched…

Barch is a career tough guy. Incidents like this arguably keep him in a job, but his opinion that hockey is somehow becoming less of a mans game is one that a number of people share. And it is a depressing thought that he might have a point in all this.

The flip side of course is that a lot of people have condemned what happened, and even mocked the Flyers for their actions. Does anything look worse on a team than starting a fight when you’re 6-0 down? ‘We can’t beat you at hockey so we’ll beat you physically’. It certainly struck me as more than a little cynical at the time – the sending of a message without doubt, but an embarrassing and out dated method of doing so.

I do believe the NHL is moving away from the days where incidents such as this were far more common. But until serious punishments await those that partake in such antics, Krys Barch’s view might not be a million miles off.


About Rob

Software engineer by day, Elite League Media man by night, Rob also blogs about cricket for One Stump Short, hockey for In Goal Magazine and video games for Outpost Delta as well as hosting the One Stump Short Podcast.

Posted on November 5, 2013, in Hockey, NHL and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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