a must read hockey article on the role of a tough guy by a tough guy
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09-06-2011, 03:35 AM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Elmira NY
I like having some tough guys on our team but I've also come to the conclusion that these players have got to be able to play. In that respect Prust fits the criteria pretty well and I don't have a problem with us signing Rupp as a free agent. Both have proven that they can earn ice time on merits other than their fists. Rupp as well could more legitimately be listed as a heavyweight and even if he's not going to win all his fights he will bounce back up and he takes a lot of heat off of the smaller Prust. I'm happy with that.
Guys like Boogaard and Orr were not good players. Their fighting outstripped everything about them as players. Orr's skating is somewhat better after his time with us but neither of them have ever been legit players. Brashear was a legit player at one time but by the time he signed with us he was all but done.
Got to be able to play these days.
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