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08-16-2012, 04:09 PM
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Originally Posted by MichiganWolverines View Post
Do you honestly think Buffalo is one the softest teams in the nhl. They have Cody McCormick, Patrick Kaleta, Marcus Foligno, Steve Ott and Corey Tropp. Not to mention they will have John Scott and Joe Finley in the minors/scratched, i'm sure they will get to play some rivalry games.
They are an agitating team. Ott/Gerbe/Kaleta are far from tough/intimidating and their main jobs are to duck fights. McCormick is an average fighter who won't intimidate many players. Foligno/Tropp are both young and likely far from intimidators. Regehr and Scott are their toughest/grittiest players, but Scott will get very little playing time and he rarely fights. This team lacks toughness and has coaching that encourages agitating and ducking fights. A coaches mentality is often the most important part of a team's makeup. Which is why a team like Philly despite not being over the top tough, still intimidates and plays a gritty game on the ice. Buffalo has neither going for them, which is why they have consistently been one of the softest over the past 5+ years.

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