Hands up! Hands up! Underneath the chin!
Hands up! Hands up! Underneath the chin!
It is pathetic how they compare this hit to Kostopulos' one. Kostopulos used his elbow to target Stuart's head.
However, I still don't like this hit. It was late and Brule made multiple steps towards Letang to specifically hit him harder. However, Clutterbuck always hits like this and most people are quite impressed. I just wouldn't like one of our players to be at the receiving end of such hits.
This year I feel that we're much better than any other team. I rarely had that feeling in the past. Last time it was in 2007 when we lost to Anaheim and back in 2002 for obvious reasons. If our players want it hard, we're going to win. However, I don't think our players are motivated enough.
I don't feel for players like Clutteruck. Looks like they think they are allowed to do everything they want earning their ice time with questionable hits to star players. Each time he is on the ice against us I can only hope either Datsyk or Zetterberg will not be injured. He got what he was asking for. Hopefully, that would be enough for his fearless spirit...
How much should Gillies get? Two games. This is what Cooke always gets. So why should we treat this differently?
Sometimes I feel for those players chosen by the Wings. Imagine, for example, Thomas Tatar. He is more or less NHL ready and he will be in the minors for at least one more year. What's about Mursak? Well, at least 25 organization in the NHL would play this guys in the major league. Don't forget that it is all about money not playing time. Spending excessive time in AHL means you're getting paid big bucks a bit later. I would hate this situation if I was Tatar, for example. From this point of view, I understand Larsson frustration, especially, considering that he wasn't even given a chance to show what he can do at the NHL level.
I want big Bert to start using his size but I'm not sure if that will ever happen. Also, I'd like to see him use two hands on the stick more often. He tries to make pretty plays/goals but he should just be concerned about getting goals at all. I never understood why so many Wings fans hate him. I'm excited to see him and Mule and Flip play together. Mule and Bert could make some magical things happen if they play like they did in game 4 against San Jose.
I would like to add that we have a very skilled and very big line here. These two components can do wonders even without Bert using his size to punish people consistently.
So the Cooke hit on Savard wasn't head-hunting,eh? The Richards hit on Booth wasn't head-hunting? Like i said, it doesn't happen a lot, but head-hunting in the NHL will always exist. Only a few teams carry enforcers??
*New York Rangers: Derek Boogaard, Brandon Prust *New York Islanders: Zenon Konopka, Trevor Gillies *Philadelphia Flyers: Jody Shelley (Some people wouldnt consider Carcillo and Walker as enforcers, but they cause hell as well,so look at it as you will) *Pittsburgh Penguins-Mike Rupp, Eric Godard New Jersey Devils-Pierre Luc Letourneau-Leblond *Buffalo Sabres-Cody McCormick *Ottawa Senators-Matt Carkner, Chris Neil *Montreal Canadiens- Well since Laraque was bought out, i'm sure they'll pick someone else up before the start of the sesason. *Boston Bruins- Shawn Thornton (Gregory Campbell will cause hell, but i wouldn't consider him an enforcer) *Toronto Maple Leafs-Colton Orr,Mike Brown,Jay Rosehill looks like he'll get more playing time. *Washington-Newly acquired D.J. King *Carolina-Looks like Kostopoulos is gonna be doing most of their dirty work, minor leaguers could be brought up *Florida-Mike Duco(Played mostly in the AHL last year) *Tampa Bay-Mitch Fritz (Nate Thompson,Steve Downie,and Mathieu Roy will cause hell, but i wouldn't consider any of them enforcers) *Atlanta Thrashers-Eric Boulton, Chris Thorburn, Ben Eager, Boris Valabik *Nashville Predators-Wade Belak (Jordin Tootoo) *St. Louis Blues-Cam Janssen, B.J. Crombeen, Brad Winchester *Detroit Red Wings- Kenny tends to pick someone up right before the beginning of the season *Columbus Blue Jackets-Jared Boll, Derek Dorsett *Chicago Blackhawks-John Scott *Vancouver Canucks-Rick Rypien, Tanner Glass, Darcy Hordichuk *Edmonton Oilers-Zack Stortini, Steve MacIntyre, Jim Vandermeer (Colin Fraser, Jason Strudwick, and Theo Peckham will mix it up as well) *Minnesota Wild-Brad Staubitz (Eric Nystrom isnt gonna shy away either) *Colorado Avalanche-David Koci, Cody McLeod *Calgary Flames-Tim Jackman, Raitis Ivanans (Ryan Stone as well) *Dallas Stars- Krys Barch, Adam Burish, Brian Sutherby *Phoenix Coyotes- Paul Bissonnette *Los Angeles Kings-Richard Clune *San Jose Sharks-Frazer McLaren (Jay Leach and Kent Huskins will mix it up as well) *Anaheim Ducks-George Parros, Kyle Chipchura, Sheldon Brookbank, Aaron Voros
"Only a few teams" carry enforcers..That's a great one
Wow!!! Could you give all your thanks to Gary expanding the league to what it now is. I'm not even arguing about Chipchuras, Huskins' and GaryNasty or NastyGary... Those do not belong to the NHL. My fault. Never imagined so many trash is carried out.
Well in the case that headhunting does happen to some star players, team carry guy(s) that are commonly known as an "enforcer", or a guy that serves as a deterrent for that kind of play, such as head-hunting. Do you see a whole lot of head hunting?no. Does it still happen in the NHL? Absolutely.
Combine Nabokov and Fedorov's raw talent and you only have a mere spec of what Gordie Howe brought to the table. That is a bare fact.
I'm getting tired with How. Let it be HOWE. It does not change a bit for me.
Head hunting? In the new NHL? No, it does not happen. That is only one aspect I love about it. And there are only few teams that carry enforcers. Most of those are sore losers. See Edmonton, Minnesota (Am I right with spelling? Please, check it, 'cause I'm too nervous:), Atlanta, etc.