I love the "Well player X wouldn't take liberties if we had a 6'3 235 pound guy who would break jaws." argument.
Really, the only people who are not going to take liberties because John Scott is on the roster are the guys unlikely to do it to begin with.
When Matt Cooke laid out Savard, wasn't Savard a member of the big bad Bruins, not the soft euro Wings?
Because John Scott is on Buffalo's roster does that mean no one will ever take a dirty shot on a Sabre player?
No it does not, in fact more than likely it will have no impact at all!
A guy like Raffi Torres is not sitting on the bench looking at the opponents bench thinking:
"Man I better not take a run at Bergeron, Thornton may knock my teeth out!"
Again, the league has changed, they are legislating fighting out of hockey.
Not because Hockey fans like you or me don't like it, but because some soccer mom somewhere doesn't want little Johnny to see it, Won't some one please think of the children.
But the Goons stop things from happening argument is BS, guys who take liberties will take them with or without a John Scott on your roster.
EDIT: BTW nice job of coming up with one incident in the last what 3 seasons where Z or D got "gooned" up, so the WIngs' need a guy on their roster to eat up 8 minutes a night doing nothing but being ready for the once in a three year event.
Edited by Opie, 26 September 2013 - 07:44 AM.
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