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In Topic: TSN Radio - McKenzie: Enforcers in the NHL

14 October 2014 - 11:42 AM

A few fights last night from non-enforcers. These are the types of fights I like- two players are settling a disagreement themselves.



This sort of fighting is going to become more common if the "goon" continues to be phased out.

In Topic: Fan turnout at last night's Panthers' game

14 October 2014 - 11:40 AM

I don't think there were 5,000 people in the arena. Pretty sad. There is so much going on in Miami. Didn't they have issues selling out playoff home games when they made the playoffs a few years back?

In Topic: Devils Sign Tootoo

07 October 2014 - 03:38 PM

This made my day. He deserves it. Here's to a healthy season filled with big hits!

In Topic: TSN Radio - McKenzie: Enforcers in the NHL

07 October 2014 - 12:22 PM

It's pretty surprising to see so many heavyweight scrapper-types being demoted:


- Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren both demoted by the Leafs to start the year.

-Jay Rosehill was sent down to the AHL by the Flyers.

-Krys Barch and Matt Kassian were both released from their tryouts with the Coyotes.

-Paul Bissonnette was released from his tryout with St. Louis (Granted, he hardly fought last year, but a heavyweight, nonetheless)

-Sheldon Brookbank was released from his tryout with Calgary.

-Kevin Westgarth was released from his tryout with Edmonton.


We can argue all day about whether this is good or bad for the game, but it is undeniable that the league is moving in a direction that isn't favorable to the "goon" types. That being said, they are still around, just in smaller numbers. The "hybrid" enforcer seems to be becoming the norm pretty quickly. Guys that can play a regular shift and provide the physical edge and willingness to fight are more preferable than a one-dimensional goon. Guys like Derek Dorsett, Chris Neil, Zac Rinaldo, Matt Martin, Brandon Prust, and Tanner Glass.

In Topic: 2014 Preseason Thread

04 October 2014 - 04:35 PM

Dan Carcillo back to Chicago on a one year deal.

Happy for him, but he needs to get back to playing the way that got him into the league.