Team Toughness or lack thereof
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02-11-2013, 08:34 PM
Join Date: Feb 2013
I'd argue Ottawa's current toughness level is about on par with Chicago, which still hasn't lost yet. Difference is the Hawks scorers are scoring. And healthy. The way Ottawa's was in January.
Toughness helps, no question. But you've got have USEFUL tough guys like Chris Neil. If you're a one dimensional thug, you're just wasting a roster spot most nights.
Buffalo will likely dress John Scott again tomorrow and he'll get his 4 minutes, he'll slam into the boards, missing Karlsson by about 8 feet and go sit down. He'll be an asset 2 or 3 nights this winter when games get crazy but that's about it. Is Boston cowering and struggling because Scott destroyed Thornton? The standings say no.
UFAs Corey Perry and David Clarkson, who deliver both skill and toughness, will be on everyone's wish list this summer.
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