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11-11-2008, 09:52 PM
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Originally Posted by hototogisu View Post
No. It's like the saying: "all the laws in the world aren't going to stop one lunatic with a gun". Anybody who believed that no Hab would ever receive a cheapshot again with Laraque in the lineup was fooling themselves...but Laraque's effectiveness can't ever fairly be judged because it's impossible to say just how many players are actually thinking twice about taking a run at a Hab player because they know Laraque is in the lineup (edit: Frogurt said the same thing a lot better with a lot fewer words). Personally, I think Laraque has been a deterrent. I mean, we saw how effective Neil and Ruutu were tonight.

You can also thank the instigator rule, however, which does cut into Laraque (and any goon's) effectiveness somewhat.
People who complain about the instigator rule forget that it works both ways. The instigator rule has a deterrent effect on a guy from starting up with Komisarek just to get him out of the lineup for 5 minutes or more, with equal minutes to the instigator.

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