Good signing for Winnipeg. He isn't going to play every single game, but he doesn't seem like a liability, from what I've seen. Not an offensive threat by any stretch of the imagination, but he plays his role well.
Gee, maybe one of these teams will make it out of the first round next year.
Right, because we've been consistent at making it out of the first round recently...
Nope, I bet team (the league over) were lining up to sign a slow, talentless, 37 year old dips*** who squirts people with water bottles from the bench.
I doubt tons of teams were lining up, but I remember Bob MacKenzie saying something to the extent that several teams would pitch him offers during the summer, which is more than merely "Perennially horrible Florida".
Well one of the two people you're talking about just got waived because he's EXACTLY an unskilled meathead goon, and the other didn't have a place on the only team in the league that 100% embraces unskilled meathead goons. So what point are you trying to make? That one of the two of them is a good hockey player?
They're just different levels of unskilled, meatheaded, goon. Hence nobody (other than perennially horrible Florida) wants them.
Where did I say either McGrattan or Thornton were good hockey players?
Also, I doubt the Panthers were the only team interested in Thornton this past summer.
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.
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.
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.