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05-19-2013, 09:27 PM
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This post is just regurgitating conventional pieties. Show me one example where Marchand has been backed up by any of those players. You can't because it doesn't happen.
Your above narrative sounds like PJ Stock - the Habs need moarbig players to create room for their skill players which is pure BS.
Prust is not our enforcer - he's a bottom 6 role player who fights now and again.
Again, ignore the evidence that Chicago and Detroit are not much "bigger" than the Habs and are very successful.
Begevin stated that he intends to build through the draft. So what the Habs have coming up is what we're going to get by "the 2014-2015 season" - supplemented by UFAs, trades and waiver pickups.
I can't believe we're still arguing about this. Habs are SOFT. OK? Do you understand this? They are regarded as a SOFT team. They are unwilling to go to the dirty areas save for a 5'7 rookie. Their game is perimeter. When the game gets physical, they wilt. OK? SOFT They have 3 players in their top 6 that are under 5'8. This is a problem especially in the playoffs.
Detroit and Chicago are not soft teams. Are they big, bruising teams? No. But they can handle their own. I think Chicago is a little softer but they can play any kind of game.
They not only need bigger players, they need bigger players who will play physical hockey. Do they need skilled players? Of course, but you need a good mix of many aspects to be successful. Habs are missing many key elements starting with size and toughness...especially on the back end.
I'm not sure why this is lost on so many Habs fans.
Marchand plays the way he does because it's an organizational identity. Bruins players know that they need to play on the edge. This is why you'll see a guy like Horton come to Boston and turn into a pseudo-goon. Ask a Bruins player what is expected of them and they will talk about physicality and toughness.
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