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09-09-2004, 12:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Kubera55
For one, I'd challenge the assertion that Laraque has much skill. His career best is 29 points, only mariginally better than McCarthy's. Oh, and back when McCarthy got ran out of town for not being tough enough? Well two of his last three seasons in NY he posted 175+ PIMs. Laraque has only been over 150 PIMs once in his NHL career, and last year he didn't even break 100.
There's a very obvious reason for that, and it's already been mentioned in this thread: No one fights him. He's got that little reputation as the best fighter in the league, and that intimidates more than a couple players. And if Laraque's not fighting, he's not getting penalties. He's not a goon, he's an enforcer.

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