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08-19-2012, 02:55 PM
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Chazz Reinhold
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Originally Posted by ninetynine View Post


The two aren't mutually exclusive at all... Even the Hurricanes coming out of the lockout had Jesse Boulerice most of the year, and the wings had Aaron Downey. Every team that's won a cup since the lockout has had an enforcer [and several years previously] even if they don't play much.

Also, to bring you back to some Darryl Sutter signings:

2003 - Krzysztof Oliwa
2005 - Darren McCarty 2-years [yes I know he's skilled]
2006 - Eric Godard
2007 - Eric Godard [re-signed]
2008 - Andre Roy
2009 - Brian McGrattan
2010 - Raitis Ivanans 2-years [was badly concussed his first game though and only played 1 more NHL game].

Sutter played with similar players during the 1980's and coached several with the Sharks and Flames, as well as signing several as the Flames GM. Just because he only put Westgarth in 8 games until he hurt his hand and by that point the team was in playoff mode doesn't mean Westgarth won't get a bit of regular season time. He's useful to have during the season and the playoffs are a completely different scenario.
No, he's not useful during the regular season. Having the capability to roll four lines every game all season is useful.

Westgarth serves no purpose whatsoever. His 3 minutes of ice time per game provide absolutely no positives.

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