TORONTO -- The role of fighting in the NHL will be discussed by the League's general managers on Tuesday, but Commissioner Gary Bettman said he doesn't expect any recommendations for rule changes to come from the one-day meeting.
The League's GMs also are scheduled to meet March 10-12 in Boca Raton, Fla.
"There's a consensus now because there is a rule in effect," Commissioner Bettman said Monday morning after he participated in a question-and-answer session with TSN's Gord Miller at the PrimeTime Sports Management Conference and Trade Show. "If somebody wants to change it there needs to be a new consensus. That's why the discussion is ongoing, but having said that it continues to evolve as the game does. Four years ago a shoulder hit to the head was not penalized; now it'll get you suspended. And so we're going to continue to look at what we can do to keep the game physical but safe as possible."
However, Commissioner Bettman said he thinks the fighting debate is getting a disproportionate amount of attention compared to what is happening around the League this season.
"I think the level of dialogue gets sparked by an occasional incident," he said.