Again with this unfounded talk of the East being tougher. It isn't.
Remember when Kronwall crushed both Briere and Voracek inside of a month and got beaten up afterward both times by the ultra-tough Flyers? I don't remember it, because it didn't happen that way. Instead, he got challenged afterward and chose not to answer the bell, and no fight came of it either time.
Also strange is this idea that none of the teams whose players Kronwall has hit have had an enforcer on the roster. Perhaps the thought is that because it was the West, the coach didn't have his shiny fighter go after Kronwall. Either way, it doesn't make any sense.
I take the words from actual players, coaches and GM's over these of people who think, Holland and this organization can't do anything wrong thanks.
Also facts are speaking a different language: this new division will features 6 of the top 10 teams in PIMs from last year.
Engelland, who is one of the best pound for pound enforcers in the game crushed Shaw and the next shift Scott came out flying (punching), he didn't ask if Engelland wanted to go he had to go, Engelland had no choice/chance at all and now imagine what will happen to a non-fighter like Kronwall?
People who have actually watched the East have seen guys getting jumped after hard but clean hits against starplayers or young ones thats a negotiatable fact. Bergervin isn't stupid he realized his team was too soft and he reacted, Mactavish did the same thing a few days ago and there are reasons behind those moves. I'll take a guy like MacIntyre, McGrattan, McLaren, Orr or Matt kassian over Tootoo 10 times out of 10 at least these guys do intimidate the enemy and prevent them from going crazy. Take Buffalo for example, Ott can be more of an agitator thanks to a guy like Scott, same goes for Montreal with the duo of Parros and Prust.
MacIntyre is usually that scary, so even extremely tough heavyweights are afraid to fight him, other coaches don't want him going after anybody so they bring in a clean game and don't go after starplayers.
If a guy like Orr jumps Zetterberg, Kronwall or Datsyuk what is there to fear? Oh yes the DetroitRedWings enforcer called "powerplay" which was - lets be honest - more of a gongshow than a powerplay without the perfect human, I am sure the other teams are extremely scared of that. I think, some people are still having that impression, that somehow the DetroitRedWings are immune to certain styles, they are NOW in the east not just playing a game here and there, now other teams know if they beat this team they might also get the tie-breaker so basically the games between DetroitRedWings versus team X now are meaning more...
Edited by frankgrimes, 27 September 2013 - 12:20 AM.
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