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01-31-2011, 05:42 PM
JT Dutch*
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Originally Posted by Johnny Utah View Post
Dude, I don't care about the record, that's a lame stat. It's knowing that guys have your back and Kopitar and Doughty feel protected and that Brown can throw the body like he does and not have to worry about retaliation.
... It's only a lame stat if it doesn't support your opinion. You can continue to ignore the fact that Doughty and Brown play better without Westgarth in the lineup; that's your choice. I hope that the coach of the team doesn't ignore it, though. You can say all you want about this player said and that player said they feel "protected" out there, but what in the hell would you expect them to say? "Uhh yeah Patrick, honestly Kevin does nothing for us and it's obvious that he can't play at all so you might want to ask the coach why he's out there and we're playing a man short because I don't make those decisions." Probably not gonna say that publicly, huh?

For the record, I'm not one that wants to remove fighting from the game. I'm saying that it is useless in this day and age with the instigator rule in place (and not going away anytime soon) to waste a spot in the lineup on someone who can't play NHL-level hockey. It's clear Westgarth can't, so he shouldn't be in there. Period.

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