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03-29-2013, 08:17 PM
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I don't think there's a formula for proving anything from fighting majors. Most of the people in these threads liked to point to the Habs and Islanders in the basement with relatively few fighting majors while the league leading Rangers, Bruins, and Flyers were at the top (along with the terrible Blue Jackets)

Of course it turns out the middle of the road Kings won the cup. The year before that, the top 3 in fighting majors Bruins won, the year before that, the Blackhawks won despite being in the bottom third in the league in fighting majors.

If there's anything to gain from that is there's no magic science beyond good teams tending to have depth, which usually means toughness that doesn't take away from giving even your grinders big roles. The Bruins are nothing like the Leafs beyond both teams like to fight a lot.

I understand some people want a pure goon, after all some general managers do too, including successful ones, even if the numbers don't support their place. But it's clear this isn't a science, and the worst part of this thread is people claiming anecdotes are facts.

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