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01-27-2011, 07:39 PM
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Smyth and Stoll (and a bunch of other players) all go out of their way to give thanks for their heavyweight Westgarth and both middleweights in Clifford and Simmonds.

Reread TG's post.

These are essential players (both Westgarth and Clifford) with essential roles. Just because we don't have to worry about all the stick work, etc, that goes on outside of camera view doesn't mean the "new NHL" doesn't need tough players willing to step in. To me, it means the opposite. Having them provides an asset some other teams can't deal with.

Clifford is going to become a very good power forward. We already know what Simmonds brings. Westgarth is not as bad as some make him out to be - statistics be damned. He has skill, certainly enough to build a career as a 5-10 minute enforcer, and he is improving.

If the players want these guys covering their back - and that's really what it's about - I say they get to keep him. Do you really want to replace him with another guy who is smaller, doesn't fight, and scores 5 goals a year? What's the point?

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