I love the "hockey was better 30, 50, whatever years ago." It wasn't. Hockey has never been as fast and skilled as it is now, and that's really what hockey is actually about.
It's 2021, the league should be protecting its skill players. Will Simmonds sometimes still have to throw down to send a message or because something happened in the heat of the moment? Sure. But he should not have to be out there protecting Matthews or Marner or whoever. No one should have to be dressed to deal with Tom Wilson pulling hair and slamming people's faces into the ice.
Hockey was great in 1985 and 1975 and 1965, but it's almost 2025. Times change and the game, overall at least, has changed for the better.
The only good thing about old time hockey is that it's old.
I am sure we all miss the shenanigans that happened back in the day ala Scott Stevens or bench clearing brawls and goalie fights and the fights off the face-off but players need to respect each others heads they are all in a sport TOGETHER not to kill each other this ain't coliseum fighting with the lions in 300AD.