"You think the Islanders liked how this played out? Sources tell ESPN.com the Islanders were saying Sunday that they were the ones getting done over by the league and this was a conspiracy on the NHL's part to protect the Penguins."
I thought comments like these were reserved for Jealous-of-Crosby tin foil hat wearing fans of other teams?
Ya... but it's been the default example for too long now. It comes up constantly in every toughness thread. The pro-toughness peeps slam it down like it's the ace of spades pretty regularly. And all it really proves is that Hudler got knocked the f*** out and it affected his play the rest of the way. Big deal. Like it hasn't happened to countless other athletes in every sport. Hell, I twisted my wrist up playing fooz ball one time and it took me about a week to gather up the courage to try that shot again.
And the ace of spades for the anti-enforcers has always been that enforcers don't play in the playoffs which is simply untrue. The Hudler example was just to show that maybe a tougher player (if we had one) could've played against Anaheim more instead of little Huddles getting pushed around every game. One example that's all.
Enforcers are useless in the playoffs, they're always the first players who are healthy scratches. For example Aaron Downey didn't play a shift in our cup winning 2008 playoffs. Also note, in 243 regular season games, Aaron's only played 5 playoffs games, and he's been on good teams too!
Yet Asham, Laperriere, Carcillo and Eager all played during the playoffs for a total of 71 games and that's just from the two teams who went all the way to the SCF. It would've been more had Lappy not been hurt. I guess those teams were just lucky considering all those guys are useless? Maybe Detroit could learn a thing or two from this instead of letting guys like Hudler get lit up at center ice then disappear for the rest of the playoffs.
Enforcers play in the playoffs and are not useless. It depends on the player and the opponent.
When the wings win the cup every year, I'll be happy with the roster, but they are not and there is always some little thing that can be tweaked to make them better. Right now I think adding a Drake type player would only help this team.
Drake adding that element had a huge impact in 08.
Agree. I like the (healthy) lineup but still think we could benefit from a "playoff Drake" or a "regular season Prust".