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06-17-2011, 12:14 PM
Chris Nilan
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Originally Posted by DJ Breadman View Post
totally disagree, the bruins had one in Thornton and Chicago had one last year in Eager. You need some protection to keep your players heatly and keep the other team honest, it's pretty much proven fact at this point
I'm sorry but let's look at actual history. I think you mean keeping the players "healthy" not Heatly, although ironically, you might have hit upon something.

Was Horton put out by Rome? Where was the deterrent there? Thornton's presence was clearly there to keep them honest and keep Horton healthy.

Did Minnesota lose Koivu to a slash and did the Rangers lose Gaborik to a cheap shot, both while the deterrent of Boogaard was there? Not buying this.

Did Cooke manage to hit Marc Savard while Thornton was there? How many times was Thornton keeping someone honest while they concussed Bergeron?

I could go on and on and on . . .

Oh, and I don't buy the "instigator" garbage, either. Two minutes to kill is nothing compared to losing a star for months, assuming the deterrent is for real.

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