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08-27-2011, 12:27 AM
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What'd difficult to understand is why mixing players who are good at hockey and players who are bad at hockey is somehow better than a team of players who are uniformly good at hockey. Because when we talk about adding toughness, it invariably involves replacing a player with a player who's worse, even when we're not talking about an exclusive goon.

Nevermind that a player who is good at fighting helps the team about as much as a player who is good at playing the violin.
What are you talking about man? How does having size and grit automatically make the player worse at hockey than the soft guys we've been adding over the years? It doesn't have to be one at the expense of the other, it can be both. And I think the majority of folks who want to see us get tougher aren't talking about goons.

Again, it's about having more balance. We've needed more size and grit in the top six for a long time now and we've kept adding small/soft guys like Tanguay and Gomez. We need to do better in this area. MaxPac helps. Hopefully Cole helps. Overall though, I still think we need more guys like this. Heck, they don't even have to be aggressive just have more size. Bobby Ryan would be nice right about now wouldn't he?

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