The Wings also had a fighter on the roster this year and they didn't win the Cup. Or does the correlation only work one way?
I never said having a fighter guaranteed a cup. I said the last four times the wings won a cup they had a fighter on their roster during the regular season. There's a big difference there.
Btw, May played less than half the season in Detroit this year.
Someone mentioned that it does no good to have a guy on the fourth line that only plays five minutes a game. Several times this past year a fourth liner, who wasn't a fighter, played VERY sparingly during a game. It's not uncommon for a fourth liner to play 5-10 minutes a game. Personally, I'd rather that person be a big person that scares people than a person like Maltby.
Give me a roster that has toughness up and down the lineup over a single 4th line "enforcer" who glares at players he never matches up against and who fights other enforcers.
Aka, when talent starts to falter, make up for it in grit, which would be a good mindset for Kenny in the coming years.
Although I'd like that one big scary guy just in case.