The Quiz topics: Fleury, helmets, Stamkos and Sundin

TSN.ca Staff
12/10/2008 9:14:57 PM
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Each week, the NHL on TSN panel voices their opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

As a follow-up, TSN.ca offers you the opportunity to chime in on the big issue with our insiders. Read up on the questions and answers from TSN's hockey experts, and put in your own two cents on our popular Your Call feature.

Question No. 1: Calgary Sun columnist Eric Francis says Theo Fleury's No. 14 should be retired in Calgary. Do you agree?

John Tortorella: Yes, absolutely. Don't confuse some of the things that went on late in his career with what that player was like with Calgary. He was the face of the team, he added personality to it and he was a great player for a long time.

Bob McKenzie: I'll say yes - absolutely. He's the leading scorer in franchise history. That's not suggesting that it should be done right away, because there's some people in front of him that deserve it too, like Al MacInnis. But eventually, Fleury is a slam dunk.

Bob Clarke: I agree. He was the face of the organization - a small player with a big heart and lots of skill. He played with a lot of great players but he was the face of the team.

Question No. 2: In light of Columbus' Ole-Kristian Tollefsen hitting his head against the ice after falling backwards in a fight with Ryan Carter, should taking off the helmet in a fight be a penalty?

John Tortorella: No. It was ugly, but we don't need any more rules. It's up to the players to decide that.

Bob McKenzie: Yes, and I've changed my mind from a couple of weeks ago because of one thing - glaring inconsistency. Why should fighters be allowed to take their helmets off to do their job and guys in the shootout don't have the same opportunity? If I was an insurance company and saw a fighter take his helmet off, drop to the ice, fracture his skull and never play again, I wouldn't pay him out.

Bob Clarke: No - I would much prefer that the fighters stand back, take their helmets off, and fight then.

Question No. 3: Former Lightning head coach Barry Melrose says Steven Stamkos is not ready to play in the National Hockey League this season. Do you agree?

Bob Clarke: What's the matter with Melrose saying something that dumb? This is a great young player who needed good coaching that he obviously didn't get. But he's going to be a great player in this league.

Bob McKenzie: I will say absolutely. He can play in this league and we saw an example of it on Wednesday night against Buffalo when he assisted on a goal by Martin St. Louis. I would hate to think what Melrose would do with Patrick Kane on his team to begin last season. If Melrose thinks Stamkos is too physically immature, Kane at 164 pounds last season would not have picked up any points under a coach who didn't have faith in him.

John Tortorella: Yes - there was no structure and coaching going on for those first 16 games, so give this 18-year-old kid a chance. He's coming on right now because there is some structure - some teaching - with that club right now and that's what young players need.

Question No. 4: Which NHL team is the best fit for Mats Sundin - the Vancouver Canucks, the New York Rangers, the Chicago Blackhawks or the Montreal Canadiens?

Bob McKenzie: I'll say the Vancouver Canucks for the lone reason that they're the only team with cap room - "Here's your contract, sign it, you're in the lineup, thanks for coming."

John Tortorella: I'll say Vancouver. They have 89 goals this year and are beginning to score more. With Sundin up front and Luongo in net, maybe you have something there.

Bob Clarke: Montreal for me - and I'll include Philadelphia as well. They have all kinds of highly skilled forwards - the kind of forwards that Sundin will succeed with.

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Theoren Fleury  (Photo: Rick Stewart/Allsport )


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