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08-31-2011, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by BiLLY_ShOE1721 View Post
That's pretty much the impression that I got. He actually seemed like he shied away from confrontation and let the other guy take penalties hacking at him instead of fighting back. That's all well and good, and should help Eden Hall, but it still doesn't show me who is going to protect Mike Ribeiro, Marian Stastny, Billy McGimsie, and Nikolai Drozdetsky.
Dahlen was famous for baiting other players into hitting him, so he could pass to the open man; doesn't sound like "shying away" to me.

If you want someone who can punch your guys in the face, Jack Evans, Garth Butcher, or Randy McKay will be happy to. You don't need someone willing to drop the gloves on every line, especially in the playoffs. But you do need the ability to win puck battles.

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When I hear the word pest, I think of Burrows, Carcillo, Avery, Kaleta, Lapierre, Cooke, and Marchand. With the exception of Avery and maybe Lapierre, I think all of those guys are willing to go into the corner and dig. They might not always win like an Ulf Dahlen will, but their work combined with Robbie Ftorek's willingness to go into the corners despite his size will provide enough board work for the line to function well.
Ftorek might be willing, but is he able? We have specific reason to believe his size was a detriment to him once he left the wide open WHA and moved to the NHL. If he tries to go into the corner hard with Jack Evans, he's going to get pasted.

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