Would the Habs benefit from a Heavyweight enforcer? Part 3
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05-26-2013, 10:45 AM
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An enforcer may not be able to guarantee that your players never get cheap-shotted, nor can a seatbelt guarantee you won't die in a car.
But it's less likely to happen when you have guys who make you pay when you start getting physical with our guys. It doesn't even have to be cheap shots. You wanna throw a big legal hit on Gally, well there are consequences. First it becomes less fun for the other team to do it, then it becomes instinctive to avoid it. Just like how a guy like Emelin makes you think twice about the path you take to enter our zone.
There's no evidence to support your claim. If enforcers deterred opponents then you'd be able to look back through the last 10 years of the NHL and show a trend linking injuries/being hit to having enforcers. People have looked and found nothing.
If a physical player played soft because of an opponents enforcers he'd either never make it to the NHL or have a very short career.
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