The Rinaldo Thread Part 1: Hits like a freight train
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11-18-2011, 01:07 PM
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Hard-hitting Rinaldo brings big game to Flyers
Pretty good article on Zac attack
Unlike Dan Carcillo, who often took bad penalties for similar actions and earned himself a spot in Laviolette’s doghouse, that’s not the case with Rinaldo.
“I think Zac has played an extremely clean game since he’s been here,” Laviolette said. “The physicality in what he does has been excellent. I like Zac because he’s a positive person in the room and out on the ice he brings a lot of positive energy to our group.
“He’s played a good game. He’s been more than just be physical and looking for hits. He’s able to contribute solid D-zone play. He’s contributed on offense. He’s made plays.
“He’s been a real positive addition for us. If discipline comes into play for selfless actions, they get looked after, but I don’t think that’s the case here.”
But what if the officials keep whistling Rinaldo for clean checks? At this rate, he will finish with 406 penalty minutes this season.
“I’m not changing,” Rinaldo said. “If I change, I’ve changed for the better. I haven’t stopped hitting or fighting and I’ve put more skill into my game. I’ve just been getting better and better.”
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