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07-25-2012, 02:32 PM
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So you would rather our star scorer first takes himself out of the game for 5 minutes, and risks himself being injured? That makes no sense. For a guy like Vanek, you should be expecting to make them pay on the scoreboard, not by dropping the gloves. You should be disappointed that Vanek and the other skilled players didn't stick it to boston by putting up points on them. Expecting him to get into a fight in this situation would be like expecting Sidney Crosby, or Steve Stamkos, or the Sedins to get into a fight. It's not going to happen. You expecting that type of player to get into a fight is both unreasonable and ignorant. Those players won't take themselves out of the game OR risk getting injured just to get their face bashed in by a goon. If you want proof, go on the Penguins board and ask if the Pens fans would expect the same from Crosby. They'd laugh you out of their boards. So yes it IS crazy to expect that out of a player like vanek. Sure you can expect it out of a Gaustad, Tropp, Weber, Regehr, Kaleta, or even Myers to an extent, but there is no reason to expect that out of Vanek or Pomminville.
At this point, I would have to say this to your thinking that Vanek should fight ANYONE:
You're 100% right... provided there is someone else on our roster who would do it. The problem is that last year we didn't have anyone. And sometimes, when the biggest star on this team (hint: it's Miller) is cheap shotted, guys who have letters on their chest need to step up.
Jame doesn't want Vanek chucking his mitts every week; he wants him and others like him to respond once in a great while when it's clear the point that needs to be made supersedes the person making it. And he's absolutely right.
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