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04-17-2013, 09:35 AM
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Nitehowl
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Originally Posted by Analyzer View Post
The Leafs new found toughness and how they don't back down is shouldered by Orr, McLaren and Fraser.


You take the top 3 fighters from Montreal and the top 3 from Toronto and the difference in fights goes from 17 to 5.

More than likely McLaren, or Orr will be gone at the end of this season. McLaren and Fraser will both be RFAs, so that leaves Orr. I think the Leafs are starting to realize having 2 players like that may help with morale victors, but the true victors it doesn't.

On the flip side, the habs definitely need a heavy.
I would say there is only 3 teams left that play the goon style or feel it is important..BOS/TOR/PHI ... come playoff time they can't play Orr/McLaren and BOS has sat out Thornton in playoffs before...you just can't afford to carry guys that only play 4-5 minutes a game anymore.

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