Enforcers help toughen up soft Euros, in order to ready them for a playoff run, by which point they'll be battle tested.
Oh, yes! I have SOOOOOO often wished for a no-skill enforcer playing 4-5 mins a night.
Wait a minute! Isn't this about getting someone that with reasonably good skill who can fight as well? Kind of like, oh, say, Helm or Abby or Eaves or Miller or Ericsson except that they could also do more than hold their own in a fight?
A GOOD player, but a tough one. A DMac. A Shanny. A Probie. That kind of a guy.
Not a time-wasting floater whose only job it is is to goon it up. Someone who can take a shift, and take it well, and THEN punch the lights out of someone when needed.
Then take this ONE guy and add him to a roster that contains the likes of Zata, Pavel, Norris Nick, etc.
Why, oh why, do people always assume that if you like beef you can't have an assortment of side dishes?
Because there are certain fans here who are too in love with some useless 4th liners, to bear the thought of that player leaving for an enforcer in the lineup.
Zetterberg - great playoff performer. Often disappears for stretches in the regular season.
Datsyuk - Best two way forward in hockey. Still needs to shoot more.
Lidstrom - Best defenseman in the game today. Has a worse plus/minus than Dustin Byfuglien.
Cleary - Does it all for this team on both sides of the ice. Got beat up by Chris Pronger.
Franzen - Awesome sniper who's clutch in big moments. Is one of the biggest ******* in the league.
Bertuzzi - Looks like he's big and mean. No longer plays big or mean.
Rafalski - Great puck moving defenseman. Often moves the puck to the wrong team.
Filppula - Nice hair and isn't bad looking. Overrated by 95% of LGW.
Kronwall - Good skater and puck handler. Doesn't lay big hits anymore. Also looks slightly effeminate.
Holmstrom - No one screens the goalie better. Is totally useless when not screening the goalie.
Eaves - Gave GMR a hard-on with his play in the last game. Unlikely to get more icetime from Babcock.
Stuart - Great hitter. Afraid to fight despite being 6'2 and from Western Canada.
Hudler - Has a way with the ladies. Has played so poorly that even Crymson hates him.
Helm - Very fast and hard working. Makes Draper's hands look like Mario Lemieux's.
Ericsson - Has improved his play and is a willing fighter. Needs to add about 20 pounds.
Abdelkader - Loves to hit and can drop the gloves. Sucks at fighting.
Modano - Had a 96 overall in my NHL 2000 game. Would be lucky to be rated 80 in this year's game.
Salei - Has played somewhat decent this season. Takes a penalty in every game.
Miller - Looks cool with grey hair despite being around 30. Has been totally invisible this season.
Draper - Has been a Wing since I was in elementary school. Is the unofficial mascot for the team.
Osgood - Has put together a really good career. Has a bigger 5-hole than Jenna Jameson.
Howard - Solid young goalie and the future in net. Is not as good as Carey Price.
Everyone knows that I've not afraid to be critical of Holland, but I have to compliment him on acquiring Eaves last year. I wasn't in favor of the signing, especially since Eaves was a player that seemed to be going backwards in his career and had been passed around several teams. He just didn't look special at any area of the game.
However, he has turned out to be a great signing and is a guy that we can plug into several situations out there. He's starting to remind me of Dan Cleary, namely being a journeyman who we helped resurrect. I don't know if he'll continue improving his offensive skills like Cleary has, but he's got a good shot and isn't afraid of going to the net. I wouldn't be against him getting more time with the top forwards, especially in situations like this with injuries. Maybe even some time on the PP.
So can this guy be a 20+ goal scorer for us in the future? He's on pace for that right now.
Oh, and I couldn't resist the title of the thread, being a film buff and all.