"2 perfect examples of real and staged. Iggy. Very real with anger. ST staged with no benefit." - - 'shuperman'
Interestingly, this gives me an idea, just spit-balling here (lighting a candle rather than merely shunning the darkness). If they need a 'gentler' path toward phasing fighting out rather than eliminating it right now (though either way fighting will be taken out of the game).
Is there a distinction to be made between a fight that takes place, say, 30 seconds after a face-off (like Iginla's 'heat-of-the-moment' fight) and a fight that happens right at the face-off (Thornton's 'staged' fight)?
If there was a distinction to be made, could you extra-penalize two fighters who fight at any time in the first, say, 10 or 20 seconds after a face-off?
Is there a way - when two players fight in the mere seconds after a puck drop, when most 'staged fights' happen - that they could face potential game misconduct penalties for 'Staged Fighting"?
With a new rule like this, for two 'Goons' to stage a fight, they would have to plan to follow each other around focussing not on the play but on the fight they were about to have with each other. They would effectively look exactly like two guys planning a fight with each other - as the play raged around them - to the potential and real-time detriment to their team.
It could expose the staged fight for what it is; an absurd notion.
It would render the combatants silly, it would render their fight pointless - but more to the point, for a coach, it would be strategically very risky. They would actually have to play a good portion of a shift first if they were bent on fighting.
Fights that occur (like say Iginla's) the more reactive, heat-of-the-moment, 'organic' (if you will) fight, that occurs, during the course of play, would be penalized as they are now - with a 5 min. fighting major.