Connor McDavid should not be fighting, ever. Tremaine Edmunds Bills Jersey . A game built on warp-like speed and quickness, brilliant puckhandling abilities and a mind that processes the game at speeds only seen in Silicon Valley, should not include fisticuffs. The argument that he is standing up for himself doesnt hold when you consider the impact he has in the game. That impact is lost when he isnt available whether it is for five minutes or for weeks if he suffers an injury. Lets look at the cost-benefit analysis. The benefits are numerous. He produces points, he makes everybody around him better and he gives the team a great chance to win. Eries record is 16-1-1, and the excitement he brings to the fans both at home and on the road is measured in ticket revenue. The cost is obvious and fighting, which in and of itself poses definitive risk of injury, offers no benefit. He will continue to draw close checking, even opposing players running at him and potentially the odd cheap shot and him fighting as he has now done twice this season - will do nothing to stop that. He may derive satisfaction from it, but my feeling is he derives considerably more satisfaction from playing and being the dominant player he has become. McDavid entered action Tuesday vs. Mississauga averaging 2.9 points per game, better than the full year scoring marks of OHL single season points record-holder Bobby Smith (2.8), Wayne Gretzky (2.7) and Eric Lindros (2.6). McDavid and fans are deprived of the chance to see him go for the history books. When you are a star player, attention on and off the ice is to be expected. As a major junior player, McDavid is in the same stratosphere as Gretzky and Sidney Crosby and there is no record of either of them fighting in the CHL. Do opponents target the best players? Yes, but those players respond in a manner that is far more damaging to an opponent. They beat them up with their enormous skills and leave the game victorious knowing the best response was through their play. Emotion is part of the game and, at times, they get the better of players - even superstars, but it is not a reason to fight when the cost is so much greater than the benefit. Erie Otters head coach Kris Knoblauch lost Joel Wigle, a top 6 right winger who is expected to provide finish, to a broken hand as the result of a fight in the first game of the season; Wigle has not played since. McDavid witnessed that and referenced it as a reason not to get involved in fisticuffs when asked by Bob McKenzie in late September if he ever expected to fight. You can watch that interview here. You can imagine how Knoblauch feels losing McDavid to a fight with Mississaugas Bryson Cianfrone, a second-year Steelhead who until Tuesday had never fought in the OHL or earned a penalty minute this season. We hear, You cant take the emotion out of the game and competitiveness is what makes him special, and on it goes but the reality is that being smart is just as important. More important. I dont think Team Canada head coach Benoit Groulx is extolling the virtues of standing up for yourself and fighting because he knows full well the impact of potentially losing McDavid as does Kris Knoblauch. What does it mean for Team Canada? Every country has injuries and many countires have eligible players in NHL, but as the host country endeavouring to end a five-year gold drought (and two years without a medal), here are who will or could be missing from Team Canada: McDavid, Sam Bennett, Aaron Ekblad, Jonathan Drouin, Nate MacKinnon, Curits Lazar, Bo Horvat and Anthony Duclair. Canada has great depth, will ice a very good team and understands all too well that each year there will be certain players not available because of their ability to perform well at a young age in the NHL. But while others are unavailable due to being in the NHL, McDavid may find himself on the sidelines due to entirely different reason and that makes Canada a little less formidable. Performing outside your abilities and strengths is never something any coach encourages and whether it was in the heat of the moment or not, Connor McDavid did something you rarely see him do on the ice - make a mistake. Josh Allen Jersey .C. Lions 35-14, was named the CFLs offensive player of the week Tuesday. Sheets recorded his ninth 100-yard rushing performance of the season to tie the Riders club record. Jim Kelly Bills Jersey . The closer wasnt available. The road trip, a disaster to that point. . - Mike Zimmer has brought a demanding style to the Minnesota Vikings.SEATTLE -- The first major contract extension finalized by the Seattle Seahawks following their Super Bowl title was a commitment to coach Pete Carroll -- and to an ideology that finally proved successful at the professional level. While getting stars such as Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman locked up remains important, the focus for the Seahawks was making sure Carroll was sticking around. "This was a huge priority for us coming into the off-season," Seattle general manager John Schneider said Friday. "We knew it was around the corner and it was, quite honestly, were trying to take care of our own people and keep our young players together. But where do you start? You start at the top." The Seahawks locked up Carroll through the 2016 season with a three-year extension announced Friday. The new contract rips up the final year of the original five-year deal Carroll signed in January 2010, and cleared up any uncertainty whether the 62-year-old coach wanted to stick around after his original deal expired. Carroll is staying. So are the ideas and beliefs he brought with him when he arrived from Southern California. Back then, there was skepticism whether his style and attitude would work in the NFL. Now, theres no question. "Whether this came about or not I was going to keep busting it and going for it. It wasnt going to matter in that regard. But I think the statement, that they wanted to validate the commitment to what were doing and how were doing it, was extraordinary," Carroll said. "It was an extraordinary effort on their part and Im just humbled and thrilled they see it that way." Carroll is 38-26 in four regular seasons with Seattle and 5-2 in the playoffs. Hes the second-oldest head coach in the NFL -- yet rarely acts his age -- and one of seven current coaches with a Super Bowl title. The championship was a crowning achievement for Carroll after struggles in his two previous stints as an NFL head coach with thhe New York Jets and New England. Jim Kelly Jersey. Carroll was lured to Seattle because of something he didnt have in his previous NFL stops: control. Seattle gave him the reins to the franchise, and hired him before adding Schneider to the mix, and creating a relationship that has been marked by stability and success. After nearly a decade of winning with the Trojans and having say over a program, that level of control was crucial if he was going back to the professional ranks. The Seahawks were willing. "I loved my time at USC and I was having the time of my life being part of that wonderful school and all the things that we were doing," Carroll said. "But I knew there was another challenge out there and that was coming to the league." The challenge Carroll inherited included tearing down and rebuilding the Seahawks roster and treading water through a pair of 7-9 seasons his first two years. The breakthrough came in Year 3 when Seattle drafted Russell Wilson, who gave them stability at quarterback. Seattle went 11-5 in Carrolls third season and reached the divisional round of the playoffs. Carroll followed that by guiding the Seahawks to 13 regular-season wins, the 2013 NFC West title and home-field advantage in the playoffs. Seattle knocked off New Orleans in the divisional round then edged San Francisco in the NFC title game before routing Denver 43-8 in the Super Bowl in February. Part of the allure for Carroll now is Seattles potential. The Seahawks are still young and have the likes of Wilson, Sherman, Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Percy Harvin and Michael Bennett, among others, returning from the title team. "Fortunately weve had a pretty good little run and were in the middle of something pretty special," Carroll said. "Theres no reason that either one of us think, OK, we did this one time and that was it and that was our shot. We think were right in the middle of a great opportunity here." China Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Wholesale NFL Gear Cheap Jerseys Online Disocunt Football Jerseys Cheap NFL Black Jerseys ' ' '