The whole enforcer protecting the team era was in response to the lawlessness on the ice. The rules didn't protect players, so the players did. Now the league has rules to curb this lawlessness, which makes the role of the enforcer semi-obsolete.
The enforcer era is not coming back. It's going to move farther and father from that despite whatever protests you (and including myself) have. The sooner one accepts this, the sooner one can move past it.
Hockey isn't becoming soccer. Hockey is becoming hockey. Fighting is part of hockey's history, but at the end of the day it's a side-show within the sport. Trust me, that pains me to admit.
If you want to watch good fights, do what I do and follow the UFC. Hockey and fighting are going to split. Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not in 10 years from now, but we all know it's going to happen eventually. Enjoy it while we have it. The game is evolving, and it's going to leave us 80's and 90's fans in the dust if we don't evolve with it.
I don't know. Maybe the Kindl thing is a bit off. I'll be the first to say I wanted Marchenko in and the first to say he looked iffy at best.
Tatar or Nyquist need to be taught accountability. In my opinion.
Ahh yes. Because benching our 2 leading goal scorers after one game of the playoffs for not scoring makes a ton of sense. Also, they didn't play a lot on the third because we were short handed for most of it.
That's what happens when you make the playoffs 24 years straight, you don't always have sure things. Kenny has done an amazing job building and retooling this team. Others might disagree because they are spoiled and don't get the new shiny toy every year like we used to get.
Holland and the scouts are the reason this team is still relevant.
Blashill and the Griffins management, in general, deserve a ton of credit as well.
To me it's very simple a real fan is someone who is sticking with his team through thick and thin, the good and the bad times. The problem is, some people are confusing the term real fan with fanboy but they aren't the same. A fanboy will go out of his ways both verbally to defend every move his chosen does make or doesn't make while a real fan will look at things more rationally and also criticize some moves if he feels it's justified.
So basically a real fan is the opposite of a bandwagoner.
I think most people here who complain do stick with the team through think and thin. Otherwise, they'd stop posting, because they'd have stopped watching this mediocre team by now. The fact that they post means they still watch and care.
Then again, the two greatest philosophers in history were both pessimists, so I'm all for it.