We live in an age of entertainment characterized by caged gladiators lobbing well-placed leg sweeps and then pummeling each other with their fists - and people love it. Such is the UFC phenomena.
That being said, I feel that few people object to the idea of two consenting tough guys squaring off to sort their differences in a controlled environment.
Fans, and especially new fans, are set afire by it. The litmus test: Ask any decent Chicagoan (Hawks) fan if he objects to Adam Burish mixing it up a bit during the game and note the response (likely a resounding laugh heard round the bar top).
When things are looking so good, it would be an unwise decision for hockey administrators to tamper with this aspect of the sport.
Grant Hammer, Springfield, Ill