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04-13-2009, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by
Laraque's influence is really over-rated around here. What he can bring can be useful if used correctly, but suggesting he can make a major difference in a game show a complete lack of understanding on how the game is played.
He was dressed when AK got sent head first into the boards vs. Phoenix early in the season.
He was dressed when Komi broke his hand fighting Lucic.
He was dressed when Markov and Schneider when down against the Leafs.
We're not going to win this series by out-hitting or out-gooning the Bruins, we're going to do it by playing disciplined hockey and scoring on our PP chances.
Few people seem to understand the role of an enforcer. He won't prevent hockey from happening! Players will still give bodychecks, players will still block shots, and injuries will occur.
But the impact of a guy like Laraque isn't always measurable as when he's in, it's what's NOT happening that's more important than what's happening and that, even when he doesn't drop the gloves. Again, I'll refer back to the cop analogy to make it better understood... Laraque is like a cop on highway patrol doing radar. He won't stop them all but his only presence will make that people will slow down seeing him!
When he was out of the line-up against the Leafs, Brad May was dictating the intimidation factor and even took on 5'8" Francis Bouillon. Laraque was dressed the next game and not only did he give him a licking, but May was a non-factor for future games. Yes, he did give Schneider a clean bodycheck which aggravated his injury but that was a hockey check and as mentioned, those will happen.
Lucic did fight Komisarek back in November as Komo didn't have to, but he CHOSE to drop the gloves due to a long history between the two. Laraque, the next game, went after him and guess what? He was a kitten out there and changed his name to Lucy.
Then the game against Boston. If you honestly believe that Thornton, Lucic and Chara would have acted the way they did had Laraque been on the ice or in the line-up, you are mistaken. They knew that nothing would happen and that's why they did it. Who's going to keep it from happening? Kostopoulos? Komisarek who was already injured in a fight earlier in the season? They KNEW that nothing would happen.
There's the Laraque effect for ya!
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LOL - Well, I imagine even you cannot be too upset with his last two weeks of the season. I imagine a lot of it is simply to do with him not playing that way every game.
Absolutely! (or at least demonstrate the effort, like last year).
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