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In Topic: Where were team-mates on the Smith headshot

16 December 2014 - 03:56 AM

So much truculence in this thread.

In Topic: Where were team-mates on the Smith headshot

15 December 2014 - 05:48 PM

Garcillo to me is a mixture between an agitator and a fighter but I wouldn't call him a pure enforcer. The guy is a bit of a spotpicker.
Thank you for mentioning Crombeen and McLeod forgot these two yeah, they are fun to watch.
But what I'm trying to say it's not just about fi ghting its about sticking up for eachother, be a close bunch you know a blue collar hockey club.

Yeah, Carcillo's never been a pure enforcer and definitely has turned into a spot-picking nobody these past couple years. I'm saying he was a lot more exciting earlier in his career when he was with the 'Yotes.

Props to Crombeen and McLeod for being willing, but they're mediocre fighters. Crombeen is a technical fighter to the point where he'll grab his opponent's arm for dear life and throw two punches and wait for the refs to come in. He was more exciting earlier in his career, too.

Regarding McKee, it'd be nice but don't get your hopes up.

In Topic: Where were team-mates on the Smith headshot

15 December 2014 - 05:40 PM

Honestly, I fall asleep watching those middleweight fighters scrap.  

Yeah, guys like Crombeen, Hendricks and McLeod are generally boring, but at least they're willing. Then again, some middleweights like Tanner Glass, Matt Martin, and Wayne Simmonds can throw pretty well. Some middleweights that were exciting earlier in their career hardly even fight anymore. Dan Carcillo is a classic example.

In Topic: Where were team-mates on the Smith headshot

15 December 2014 - 03:46 PM

Great post finally someone is sharing my views on toughness. A few years ago guys like Dmac, Downie or even Shanahan would have wiped the floor with enemies but now the team is a bunch of small fairies that's too easy to intimidate and that's against a Leafs team that didn't even ice Orr and McClaren. Disgusting for a team that once had the heavyweight belt. And people are still wondering why the season ticket list turned from a waiting list to running commercials... The mixture just isn't there. Former Wings were exciting to watch because they were built in skill, grit and an overall hardworking hockey club who could beat the other team in many ways and stood up for each other. The Lemieux incident nowadays would result in a crying for Quinta instead of taking justice in the own hand and let someone go Berserk soon sad

Yeah, I think there's still a need for players that can scrap but they've got to be able to play, too. The era of the heavyweight enforcer is basically over at this point. There are still a few around, but many have been demoted or just unable to find NHL roster spots. Orr and McLaren have been in the AHL all year. Westgarth couldn't get an NHL contract. Bissonnette is in the AHL I believe. Krys Barch couldn't find a roster spot. Matt Kassian couldn't, either. Jay Rosehill has been in the AHL all year, too. And even the remaining "heavyweights" that have roster spots haven't really been active:

Brian McGrattan: 8 GP, 0 fighting majors
John Scott: 12 GP, 2 fighting majors
Luke Gazdic: 10 GP, 2 fighting majors
Eric Boulton: 4 GP, 0 fighting majors
Shawn Thornton: 22 GP, 3 fighting majors
Anthony Peluso: 11 GP, 2 fighting majors
Tom Sestito: 2 GP, 0 fighting majors
Patrick Bordeleau has been inactive due to injury

Middleweight scrappers that can play are the new norm with regards to fighting.

In Topic: Where were team-mates on the Smith headshot

15 December 2014 - 02:59 PM

You guys expected someone on this team to stick up for Smith?

Regarding the jersey over the head, Smith was still throwing with it over his head. I'm fine with the refs letting it continue so long as the guy with the jersey over his head is still throwing. The refs have been intervening too early in fights this year, and I think that will be the new norm. It should be enjoyed when a fight is allowed to run its course.