I propose that a Shootout Specialist is worth more to a team than a Goon
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04-05-2011, 05:59 PM
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Here is a curveball, would you want an enforcer or a SO specialist? There is a difference. Goons just fight (Boogard, Orr, Goddard, the Islanders). Enforcers are guys like Darren McCarty who was a good 4th line player and also countered Claude Lemieux in the Wings/Avs rivalry. Or have a guy Like Beukeboom who was a great penalty killer, threw around big checks, and dropped the gloves. Same goes for Scott Stevens. The presence of certain players is enough to say, don't ******* with Gretzky, Yzerman, Lemieux, etc. As previously mentioned by somebody in this thread, Marty Mcsorely protected Gretzky in Edmonton. Know one ever tried to check him.
Final conclusion, no need for a goon but there is a need for an enforcer. Somebody who is paid for more than playing 5 minutes a game and fighting.
I want a guy who is going to skate over to a guy that touches Hank and tell him if he comes within 3 feet of Hank again, he is going to eat his fist.
This is the man who I want...
You put him on a line with Gabby and Prospal, add a nasty dman to hold the spot for McIlrath, say a Jim Vandermeer type on top of what we have with Prust, then I think we can compete with anyone.
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