The NHL had a problem fixed, and then let it slip away.
Last night included evidence of the idiocy the league has allowed to stay in the game with staged fights and the way in which good, hard bodychecks have essentially been outlawed by the players.
In the Leafs-Penguins game, there were two pointless staged fights, one between Colton Orr and Eric Godard and one between Jay Rosehill and Mike Rupp. Neither scrap had anything to do with the game or had any impact on the game.
In the Sens-Thrashers game, Zach Bogosian levelled Daniel Alfredsson with a beautiful open ice hit and was immediately set upon by a host of Senator players for his legal bodycheck.
The NHL's general managers, you may remember, took steps to cut back on both types of fights last March, but the failed state that is the NHL Players Association blocked the new rule recommendations.
The league, however, could have gone ahead with the rules and let the players grieve.
That, it appears, would have been the way to go. At least it would have been fighting the good fight.
Now the idiots continue to wreck our great game.