As I'm sure you're well aware, "nearly every team" wins the Stanley Cup every year, so it's certainly due to enforcers.
I'm just refuting the arguments people make about how enforcers are obsolete nowadays, despite the fact that just about every team has a pure goon that doesn't have much skill, and takes playing time away from those in the minors with more talent. The Wings did the same with May and Downey in recent history.
Apparently, some of posters here think they're smarter than most GM's in the NHL on this issue.
8 pages on the release of Downey? He was a crappy hockey player and a mediocre enforcer on a puck possession team... We have no need for a player like him. I'm glad he is not wasting valuable ice time that a younger player could use.
Anti-enforcer post alert.
BTW, to add to your list, Downey was a horrible person who punched babies and strangled elderly women.
I'm sorry I don't agree with this boards rationale that Bettman sux and the NHL does nothing right because they pay more attention to big baby Crosby than our stars.
The whining about him has gotten borderline ridiculous.
I never started this thread to promote our stars over Crosby.
I was merely saying that the league needs to market other stars around the NHL. If that happens to include Hank or Pavel, than that's fine. I was thinking more of guys like Stamkos, Miller, Parise, Lecavalier.
Also, I included Ovechkin in there with Crosby, but no one seems to talk about him.