Chipchara vs. Bonk
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10-12-2006, 12:52 PM
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Bonk is the type of player who will never look fast simply because his position play is so good. In a way, he reminds me a lot of Don Marcotte who use to shadow Lafleur back in the seventies. Jean Ratelle was like that also, they're just the type of players who don't skate for nothing, they just know where to go to make the play and cut the passing lanes. They never look fast but somehow they're always in the right spot at the right time. Those TSN guys who wrote that line about Bonk, just have to be reminded that the greatest player in the history of the NHL, according to many, Wayne Gretzky, was not the fastest skater or had the hardest shot or the greatest physical attributes, but somehow managed to be simply the best cause he could read the game better than anyone else.
No, Bonk is far from being the midnight express, but he doesn't really have to be to efficiently fulfill the job he is required to do. The other point I'd like to make about Bonk, it seems that no matter who they play him with, they always seem to gel and get the job done. Begin looked awesome playing with Bonk last season, Gui Lats looked equally good playing with him during training camp, and this season, Johnson and Perez don't look too shabby playing alongside the shadow(Bonk).
Speed is for kids, the experiended ones don't have to skate fast all the time to get the job done, especially on a defensive assignment.
Stop bringing reasoned analysis into the debate!! We don't want reason! We want raving! Come on, say it with me: Bonk sux, we shood trade him 4 pucks and youse Chipchara for 25 minutes!
People need to go re-watch the Buffalo game. Remember Afinogenov blowing past Souray, and then Bonk blowing past Souray as well, and chasing Maxim down?? Bonk played the angle, used his acceleration and speed, and forced Afinogenov to the boards and out of harms way. Not something that appeared in any stat, but a great play nonetheless.
Bonk is plenty fast when he has to be.
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