the old wings had fighters that also contributed, and avoided the "stupid" penalties.
while i do enjoy the cup wins, i also favor the gritty edge a "smart" enforcer brings and would sacrifice a role player to fill this gap.
lucic, and konopka come to mind.
every year we get abused in the late season and playoffs, and this takes its toll. what if someone jumped malkin after his attack on Z and beat him down, causing the mandatory game suspension for both?
malkin had 2 goals in the game 6 that changed the momentum.
or what about the spearing of lidstrom during the blackhawk game?
enforcers change the game to a degree, they don't prevent injuries, but they keep the cheap shots at bay. players don't run goalies all game long if we have an enforcer watching over the herd.
would kostopolos have run stuart if he knew he was going to get run down later that game? who knows. but i think his mindset would have been slightly altered if D-mac was rotating shifts and collecting teeth.
i love the domination of our wings team, but i hate seeing cheap s*** hits to wear down or sideline our players for the long haul. checking is designed to wear players down by nature, but the little extra, needs to stop.
so, to summarize...the wings don't need a goon, they need a heart and soul with a big bag of knuckles and a knack for scoring more than once every 9 months.
these players don't grow on trees, i know, but they still exist, and we need to step up and get one.
Posted by luvmnger
on 29 September 2010 - 10:07 AM
[this just in from PBS...Sidney Crosby has been reported to have pulled his pud and is expected to miss the next 3 minutes. doctors were baffled to the situation, not knowing he actually had one, but remain optimistic for a speedy recovery.]