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05-21-2008, 10:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Slick Cat View Post
there are always tough guys available and there have been all season, I could understand if we waited around for the perfect tough guy and we got a guy that can play some productive minutes as well, but it's not hard to find a guy that can serve as an enforcer and play 5 minutes or less a game,

we do have one now but think of the injuries we suffered and the losses we suffered this past season due to this lack of presence
Yes, guys like Koci were available, but Martin wanted someone who's not a defensive liability and won't take dumb penalties that hurt the team. He's one of the better enforcers out there skill wise and discipline wise, and that's something that Martin seemed to want. Believe it or not, guys like that are hard to find. How many actually good enforcers(i.e. not guys like Koci) changed teams this season? Not very many at all, until the deadline, because guys like Belak were then made available. It was rumored all season that Martin was interested in Belak, and he finally got the guy he wanted. The Leafs weren't going to trade him earlier in the season when they were still in the playoff hunt.

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