Thread: Roster concern
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09-28-2006, 12:21 PM
jeff in sc
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Originally Posted by misterjaggers View Post
Unfortunately, two minutes TOI of Brookbank or (substitute any minor league-talented goon here) contributes very little to overall physical play. The 3rd man in and instigator rules more often than not have turned the hockey fight into a choreographed side show.
And that's a shame.
what's a shame is that teams use a roster spot on a "designated goon." when hockey fights *meant* something, it was an outpouring of emotion on the ice which could have come from *any* player on the roster. i'll go a step further re: brookbank--having him on the ice for two minutes does *nothing* in terms of physical play. he's not a "physical player"--he's a fighter. alberts is physical. chara is physical. mara and jurcina can be physical. bergeron can send people flying with well-timed checks. if brookbank isn't throwing punches, he's hurting the team by being out there. the way tenkrat and mowers were flying around last night, i can't help but think they'd have had a goal if they'd had a third forward on their line. did brookbank touch the puck more than once or twice in the game?!?!?

you're absolutely right that most goon v. goon hockey fights today are a sideshow with little to do with the rest of the game. suiting up a player for *that*, who cannot play a meaningful regular shift of hockey, is a waste of a roster spot.

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