Westgarth/Clifford Pugilistic Fury Discussion
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12-27-2010, 10:54 PM
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This is a totally flawed post. Healthy scratch the same as five minutes of ice time? Listen, I am not a fan of the obligatory enforcer. Not one bit. But I'm also not stupid and I know that in 82 games you aren't goin to play skilled teams that don't take liberties all the time. Semenko sitting in the box means nothing In a particular game for Gretzky. However against opponets that dont Have the skill to match they will do the only thing they can, take the skill out of the other team through physicality and intimidation. Against those teams you don't need a semenko to play more than a few minutes but you still need him on the bench. Your last two posts about limited ice time and semenko and Gretzky not being on the same line completely discount a fairly basic part of hockey, the line change.
I wish enforcers weren't a part of the game, but they are and unless you can convince 30 GM 's in a league diluted of top skilled talent to suddenly drop their tough scrubs, its a fantasy to expect them to disappear and ignorant to dispute their place in the game as it stands today and has stood for a looong time.
If you want to talk about ways to eliminate the enforcer in the future or the philosophical ideals behind their exclusion, I'm all ears.
Sadly the NHL has done a pretty good job of getting rid of the need of HWs. A lot of them are in their late 20s/early 30's and only a few youngsters coming up from the AHL. Matt Kassian is the only one I think has a legit chance of being a full time NHLer in the future. He cant replace Godard, Shelly, Boogey, McCokehead, etc by himself.
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