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07-20-2004, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Fletch
he can play, if need be. If he sat, then so what. Point is a signing like this provides insurance over youth, but doesn't block it at all. Strudwick ain't nothing great, but he can play on a third pair, be tough, protect some players, as well as fill-in as forward on occasion. He's a capable depth guy. And yes, it probably means goodbye to Dale. A slight upgrade, but when your upgrading that position 6/7 defenseman, fourth line forward), you don't expect any significant improvement.

Their is smart toughness and stupid toughness.

Strudwick is smart toughness. I was watching a few hawks games last year and their were 2 times last year that he would not only take a penalty but he would get another player to take a penalty as well and that player would usually be a better one. Not saying Strudwick is not that good, its just good to see that he gets other players to take penalties as well. Maybe he can get a few PP for our team.

Purinton is stupid toughness. Maybe a good guy in the locker room, but how many times have he caused the Rangers to be on the PK, umm I think alot.

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