Is Edmonton the softest team in the league? (Mod Warning Post #91)
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01-23-2013, 02:19 PM
Join Date: Feb 2009
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A few of you need to learn the difference between being injury-prone and being tough.
For the record, Gagner and Hemsky have enough toughness. Gagner fought Beauchemin over a hit on Hall. Hemsky has had runs taken at him his entire career. In the past, the other team would primarily target him as he was one of the few skilled players on the Oilers.
I'd rather stand pat and develop a supremely talented team than lose value on stupid trades meant to try and form an idealized version of what a playoff team should be. It's a myth that size correlates with playoff success.
Gagner is tough in the sense that he's willing to put his body on the line for a play, or willing to drop the gloves with some pretty scary guys, but that is useless when a swift breeze from the closing of the zamboni gate can knock you off the puck. RNH is a strong player despite his size, and can use his quickness and aggressiveness to win puck battles along the boards. Gagner, not so much.
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