I don't know, I don't watch a lot of other teams. I do know that players who have tough guys on their teams get run a lot though, and that if the only reason you're an NHL player is because you're good at hitting people and pissing them off then you're not going to not do that because some knuckle dragger will want to fight you, so those types of players really don't do much to protect their teammates. Even when every team had a couple guys like that, it was usually the fighters from each team throwing down with each other. Rat bastard runs star player from team A. Team A sends out goon to kill rat bastard. Team B sends out goon to protect rat bastard. Goon A and Goon B fight. Rat bastard continues as before.
While what you said is true.....There are times when the rats do stand up for themselves as in this Thornton/Cooke fight back in 2010...
Meh. Don't complicate things. No need to add other players to the thread. There are NO other players.
And to think I got excited when Curt Fraser was coaching in the minors. Then again, I got excited when Joe Kocur was on the Wings bench as an assistant.
I don't have much hope for any 'tuffness' to be added to the Wings roster any time soon since the Wings have become a 'model' if you will of what the NHL will become in the near future...Teams like Toronto are just 1 example.
Just 30 minutes ago I was excited to see a half eaten donut that my son didn't finish...I swooped down faster on it that a buzzard on road kill!