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02-13-2013, 10:32 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.
This is the main reason I won't lose sleep over a pure goon on the roster, if some guy who plays as often as Budaj will nip some of the problems before they become a distraction (to us more than the team), sure, why not, but it takes away from an actual hockey player, because even Moen and Armstrong at the very least can take shifts away so guys like Plekanec aren't exhausted by the end of the season.

I think this entire discussion is a distraction but I'll admit that watching Orr get beat down would be enjoyable. On the other hand trying to bring in useless goons against the Bruins would be a disaster, another team already beat us to that one and if we tried that again in the same season the Bruins would just ice their skill players and crush us.

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