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08-18-2012, 08:46 PM
Chazz Reinhold
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Originally Posted by ninetynine View Post
TM didn't do this, but normally an enforcer's role decreases at the end of the year and they aren't used during the playoffs. This goes for many successful teams including Pittsburgh in 2009 with Eric Godard, Detroit with Aaron Downey in 2008, and persists to this day. Eager and more particularly Shawn Thornton were capable players who were also enforcers, the Kings had no-one in that capacity but it has been established since the late 1990's that that's not their time of year. Early December games against the Florida Panthers [featuring Westy's contemporary George Parros and Eric Gudbranson], Minnesota [featuring Matt Kassian and Zenon Konopka], and early february games against NYR [featuring Mike Rupp, Stu Bickel, Arron Asham, and Micheal Haley] are just examples of games where teams have enforcers and additional toughness available. Dwight King and Jordan Nolan are not nearly as good fighters as some people make them out to be and would be virtually annihilated as our toughness against an NYR during the regular season. Don't be fooled by New Jersey either, Cam Janssen and Eric Boulton played a combined 99 regular season games last year, scoring 1 point but adding much more in toughness. What did NJ do this year? They buy out Boulton and sign his an almost identical player in Krys Barch to a nearly identical deal, while Boulton, he of 0 points in 51 games last year, signs a 1-way with the Islanders, who also add Matt Carkner [for 3 years], the man who beat up 6'7 Brian Boyle in the Senators-Rangers opening series after Boyle took liberties with Carlson the game before. The Ducks lose Parros to Florida but sign Stuabitz to try to replace him. He's smaller but has fought a few heavyweights and might fight Westgarth. The Coyotes have Biz for 2 more years [like us with Westgarth] and signed Joel Rechlicz to a 2-way just in case, while San Jose also re-signed Frazer McLaren who could give us headaches for years to come with his decent speed and very physical style. Dallas is soft as pudding but they're already the laughing stock of the league in every way and nobody in Texas even cares about them anymore, just look at their attendance trend. There are plenty more names I could mention, but there's a use for these players in an 82 game season without a doubt and the only reason there was so little of them last year was because of the 3 tragic deaths, not because of a magic trend against enforcers that never seems to take effect and is as much a myth as the loch ness monster.
Remember that game where the Blackhawks dressed John Scott and the Kings didn't dress Westgarth and Scott had nothing to do in his couple minutes of ice time other than take 2 bad minor penalties?

I do.

Guess who won that game?

I'll give you a hint.

Not the team that dressed John Scott.

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