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01-30-2011, 10:46 AM
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Exactly. Hockey is still only a game. Cheapshots like that are delivered only by suckers like Messier or Clarke. And then they get praised for leadership and "willing to do anything" character. I have absolutely no respect for suckers like that. Anyone can cheapshot.
Messier is a very good player though. But stuff like this really takes away from his legacy in my view.
When Messier would blatantly elbow or stick a guy I would always cringe and say "he shouldn't have done that..." but, because it was Messier I would always kinda smile and laugh. If a guy is going to take a penalty, at least he made it worth while.
Cheap shots? Yep, but he brought so much else to the table it was easy to forgive.
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