Thread: Injury Report: Derek Boogaard; concussion?
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12-30-2010, 08:55 PM
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Boogaard having a concussion history is another reason why you dont give long term deals to enforcers. Sather really messed up giving him a 4 year deal.

Lets face its been mostly Prust and Avery that have been getting into retaliatory fights. Sauer also added some bite to the blueline. Boogaard has been getting into staged fights. He hasn't gone after anybody, he doesn't play with a mean streak and he cant skate so he always misses the player he trys to check and runs into the boards. Boogaard makes Colton Orr look like Gordie Howe.

I like guys like Jared Boll. He can skate, hit and will drop the gloves. Obviously he is not the fighter that guys like Boogaard, Godard, Mac are but he is the type of player that is much more effective in todays nhl. Prust has been a great addition for us because he adds toughness and can still play. Thats why I like Weise. He will add grit and can take a regular shift and not look like an idiot out there.
Part of the problem is nobody wants to fight Boogaard. He can't start fights or he'd be banned for life because of the instigator rules. Only when someone like MacIntyre is there who will fight him can he go. If the rules weren't so strict he'd just grab anyone who did something dirty and beat on them, but of course if he did that he'd never play again. It's tough for an enforcer, especially one as tough as Boogaard, to do their jobs anymore.

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