The Toughness Debate Strikes Back
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04-17-2012, 08:43 AM
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There are always going to be fads. The Devils played the trap. The Ducks were tough. The Red Wings played skill and puck possession. Teams went with what seemed to be the flow. The Bruins were cheap and nasty. The whole league atm is cheap and nasty. Then somebody will win by being fast and skilled again. Or whatever. It will flip back. Who knows how long it will take.
I don't think there's much motivation out there for anybody to try to impose a correction on it. The league is getting lots of attention and great ratings. The players don't seem to care - the PA never makes a peep about the risks to the players, so by default they must be ok with it all. The fans (majority of, anyway) are loving it. So it'll just have to run its course. Better job opportunities and salaries for bigger/tougher players again for a while. Probably some nasty injuries. Complaints about officiating or discipline won't really be heard if the overall entertainment value ratings are so high.
And then, some team of speedsters and snipers will skate circles around the Big Bad Bruins du jour, and the cycle will drift back in another direction, and everybody will be decrying the violence again, etc.
Toughness is not new to this sport. I'm not saying that our main asset should be "cheap and nasty" but it is always good to have some of it during the playoffs.
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