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02-13-2013, 10:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Kriss E View Post
I don't think anybody is playing scared, that's an old myth. Nobody that gets scared because there's a big bad evil guy on the other team gets to the NHL level.
I swear sometimes it's as if people think these guys never played versus enforcers or faced any type of attempted physical intimidation until getting to the NHL.

Nobody is scared of playing versus Colton Orr.

It has nothing to do with preventing injuries either.

It's all about answering the attempted intimidation. A guy like Orr or Neil can talk smack to our guys all game, doesn't mean our team will lose focus, hide in their shells, or lose a game. Heck, I'm pretty sure the star players would lose to play versus guys like Orr more often, they would absolutely dominate them.
But, it's always good to have someone on the team that can step on the ice and just shut up the guy.
Important to note that sometimes, no matter how much they get their face bashed in, some players will keep yapping away a la Barnaby.
The thing is, many players themselves have spoken about how important it is to have those kind of guys. So that kinda invalidates everything you just said.

Having a tough guy gives a trickle-down effect. Everyone else gets a little bit tougher. All of a sudden Prust and Moen can fight middleweights if a message needs to be sent.

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