Is the NHL getting "soft?"

Blue Jackets Head Coach John Tortorella doesn’t seem too fond of the level of hatred (?) in the NHL today. Torts told reporters on Thursday, "It's a little frustrating, quite honestly. The game has changed, and for some dinosaurs that are in it, it's very frustrating, I have to admit."

Personally, I’m in the same boat as Torts. The NHL seems to be getting softer and softer over the years. I understand part of this has to do with player safety, but at least PRETEND to hate your opponent.

"I'm not joking about it. It's really frustrating to me. On conversations on the ice amongst opponents on a faceoff, it's like a big hugfest sometimes. I don't know if they have so many meetings with the NHLPA and all that stuff that goes on, but there's no hate, and I miss that. It frustrates the shit out of me, quite honestly."

Torts definitely does not seem too thrilled about the state of intensity in the NHL.


What do you think?