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Fighting is lead topic at GMs meetings

Updated: March 8, 2009, 8:44 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

NAPLES, Fla. -- For the first time in recent history, the NHL's general managers will begin a detailed study of fighting and its place in the game, a study that seems destined to change the role and function of punch-ups in the game, if not today, then down the road.

At least that's the theory when the game's 30 general managers, along with the NHL's brass, convene for their annual midwinter confab this week in sunny Florida.

A number of ugly and tragic incidents, mostly ...

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