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02-24-2013, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by BrooklynRangersFan View Post
Because that would have prevented the hit? Please. Seems to me the Bruins have some of the biggest, baddest guys around in Lucic, Thornton and Chara and yet Savard's career is pretty much done due to a much worse hit.

We can debate the psychological impact that players claim having an enforcer on the team provides (and, frankly, I think a lot of that is guys repeating what they've been told growing up in the game and/or not wanting to throw their goon teammates under the bus), but the idea that **** like this wouldn't happen if we had Colton ****ing Orr wasting a spot on our bottom line is ludicrous.

All players like that do is scratch the fans' itch to see vengeance imparted; they have NO bearing on preventing injuries in the first place.
In today's NHL, with the instigator rule, I agree with you. But to argue that the players are unable to police themselves is a farce, and something I vehemently disagree with.

The problem is that with the instigator the only thing a guy like Orr can do these days is fight the other teams enforcer, and what the **** does that add? Nothing.

When McDonagh got slapped, Pyatt-Richards-Gaborik were on the ice with Stralman. McDonagh got right back up after the hit. What do you expect those four guys to do? Nothing.

Bad timing I guess. I like to think if a guy like Mash, or Bickel were on the ice, something would have been done.

I do like to point to this, when this conversation comes up. Remember the game where the Capitals were all over Jagr (well, one of the games, not the Shanny game). Remember what Orr did? I do.


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