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10-05-2003, 11:33 PM
Join Date: Mar 2003
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I think it would be a mistake to send dwyer back down. We need a tough team to survive in the east...I think gainey understands that.
Having more than one enforcer dressed wont address toughness issue. Let me explain.
The problem is while these guys deliver a couple big hits and rough up people, they cant play more than about 5-10 shifts, about 5 minutes, per game. That is roughly ONE THIRD what you would expect average Joe to play. If your goon is respectable you need only one to pose a threat. And that is done mostly with putting fist into face and pulling jerseys over head - not with constant physical contact.
We need players that are gritty but are also skilled enough to log ice time. Like Souray Ward Ryder Begin and Komisarek. There will be quite a bit more punch in this team, no need to go over. Habs are starving for goals - they need their 4th line to chip in too, which wont happen often if they have both Dwyer and Langdon there.
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