Thread: Speculation: Confirmed: Belak extended
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04-29-2010, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Predanerd View Post
I have no problem with this. We have no tough guys to call up (AFAIK), and every team needs one. Just one less thing to worry about this offseason.

I'm getting a Belak jersey. It will certainly be unique
Of the teams remaining in the playoffs, name their "tough guy," and I don't mean someone like Travis Moen that can fight when needed, but also kills penalties and can play a shutdown role.

Detroit? Nope.
Chicago? Nope.
San Jose? Nope.
Vancouver? Hordichuk, maybe...but he's scratched more often than not and isn't a terrible hockey player, when he does play.

Montreal? Nope
Pittsburgh? Eric Godard. So far that's one.
Philly? Nope.
Boston? Shawn Thornton, but I believe he also kills penalties.

The notion that "every team needs a tough guy" is pretty outdated. Most of the top teams DON'T have one. We have enough guys that can stick up for a teammate if the situation dictates. If Burrows puts a nasty hit on Dumont, do you think Belak is going to go out and make him pay? Absolutely not.


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