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07-31-2005, 04:43 AM
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In Murray's time as the coach, the players that would be considered heavyweights would be:
99-00 O'Donnell and McKenna
01-02 K. Belanger (their best overall season, from start to finish. Had some injuries, but Allison and Deadmarsh played almost every game)
02-03 Norton (and if the Kings had 15 fighters, how does that stop what Sutton did? A) it was just in the flow of play. 2) Sutton is what, 6-6, 230lbs? I think he can handle whatever comes at him)
03-04 Brennan (the Kings barely had anything to fill out a roster, let alone protect)
Half the players on this team got hurt attempting to throw a simple check, or getting hit by their own teammates. Deadmarsh had a history of concussions.
How much can a fighter do? Honestly. The players that would go out just to hurt someone don't really care if they get in a fight. And players that play hard, and happen to injure someone during the course of the game, again, don't care if they get in a fight.
I'm not saying that the Kings shouldn't have that type of player on their team. But the guy isn't going to be Jesus, healing our wounded. Players will still be hit. They'll still have cheap shots taken against them.
I think overall team toughness is really important, the allison/deadmarsh kings were physical and tough deadmarsh was especially a pain in the ass. Ever since they've been out the kings have gotten noticeably less physical IMO.
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