Gameday thread: Wild @ Canucks, Nov. 8
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11-12-2003, 04:56 AM
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For all you Matt Johnson haters, it's games like these that the Wild keep him around - it will be interesting if Ruutu plays, if Johnson will give him the same treatment he gave Ohlund for taking runs at Gaborik last year (or was it the year before).
Who needs the Black Hawks when you have the Canucks -- yeehaw!
Unfortunately Johnson, for whatever reason (ice time/ability, too much of an enforcer, etc.) hasn't been the one to step to the plate very often IMO. Henry and Zholtok were the only ones in Vancouver and Mitchell in Minnesota.
The reality is agitating players (Ruutu, Cooke, etc.) with the ability to actually take runs at players very rarely fight a guy like Johnson (a full time enforcer). At best they'll fight Brad Brown, but likely not even that. So what use is Johnson really?
He has little ability so he can rarely get the ice time or the opportunity to take a run at a Ruutu type player let alone a skilled player on the other team, especially w/o getting an obvious charging call and the only players on the other team that will bother to fight him are the Brad Mays of the world. That fight might be fun to watch, but it doesn't deter Ruutu from taking another run at one of our useful players.
I still say the Matt Johnson's of the world are obsolete in the game today. You want someone that can play hockey, hit hard, agitate, and defend himself and the team. You want a player every team loves to hate. Ideally, a Claude Lemieux is what you want. At worst you want a Domi or Barnaby.
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