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01-26-2009, 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted by smon View Post
How many of those guys are in the top six forwards? No one's saying that the team doesn't have enough grinders. And don't you think expecting rookies like D'Agostini and Pacioretty to play gritty in the playoffs is unrealistic? And honestly, come on, since when do guys like Higgins, Kovalev, D'Agostini, Kostitsyn, etc, not "back down to anyone"?
Higgins and Akos are constantly in the corners and heading to the net, in fact they are probably our two best players in front of the net.. Andrei will throw the more than occasional big hit. Higgins is hard to move off the puck. D'agostini has yet to back down from a check in his 23 games with the team. He's not afraid to go to the corner to get a puck(unlike Plekanec). A consistantly see Max Pacioretty take a beating in front of the net, he too give the more than the occasional big hit. Kovalev when he wants to will also take a hit to make a play, head to the corners and to the net.

What more do you expect from gritty?

Soft are guys who will think twice before they head to the corners, who will pass the puck, regardless of whether someone is there or not to avoid the hit. Will jump out of the way if they see the hit coming (ala Brisebois) Thus coughing up the puck.

What more do want? I believe the first paragraph defines gritty. Gritty is not playing with an edge, playing with an edge is just that, playing with an edge. Sergei plays with an edge, but is not gritty. Gritty are guys who aren't afraid of getting hurt to make plays, which we have many of.

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