Thread: Confirmed Signing with Link: Sabres re-sign Patrick Kaleta (3 years, $1.25M per)
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08-02-2012, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Tim Vezina Thomas View Post
I'll rephrase it....

Someone isnt doing their job if John Scott is a regular Buffalo forward. He can't even skate, and hes too big for anyone but other enforcers to even consider fihgting him. Chara sure as hell wont fight him, Lucic wouldnt (he learned his lesson after Colton Orr), McQuaid MIGHT (but hes Darth Quaider, he probably wouldnt feel anything)...that leaves Thornton.

Riddle me confused as to why the Sabres would have a 4th line plug who cant skate go against the best team in the division/one of the elite teams in the East.
Because Julien sends Thornton out against Vanek enough, and Shawny generally spends his time against Buffalo taking liberties. The only guy he should ever actually have fought on the Sabres roster over the past few years is McCormick (and even that is a strong mismatch in Thornton's favor), but he's got scraps against Gaustad, Weber, Montador, Regehr, Rivet, etc under his belt. Guys he knows he can beat, and who he usually either instigates with (Goose/Weber/Regehr) or goads into fighting through picking on a smaller, skilled player in front of them.

He's not going to be doing that this season, at least without setting a playdate with Johnny first. And that frees up Regehr/McCormick/Foligno/etc to fight within their weight classes when the time comes.

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