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10-05-2008, 02:15 AM
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Originally Posted by TheHomelessAteMyCat View Post
Except for very rare circumstances, Rypien will never be expected to fight the other team's tough guy. Rypien will never tangle with the Boogards, Shelleys, Vandermeers, and I'm not sure how Boogard qualifies as the only heavyweight from Cowan's fight card last year.

My whole point is that if Cowan was a complementary tough guy and had the luxury of fighting guys his own skill and size, he'd win a lot more fights. Just like Rypien will win a lot of fights.
So he might have won 1 out of 5 fights, instead of 1 out of 10?

I guess I just don't have much faith in him as a fighter, no matter what weight class his opponent is in. And if fighting wasn't his job, why was he around last season? He didn't kill penalties, and I don't remember him being all that physical on the ice. Granted he's got better hands than a lot of tough guys, but they aren't good enough to earn him a roster spot on their merits alone.

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