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Zac Rinaldo (2013-14 season) -- Update Apr. 7, 2014: Suspended four games
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01-03-2014, 05:04 PM
Join Date: Oct 2010
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The idea that enforcers prevent cheap shots has to be one of the great fallacies of our time. Let's say James Neal cheapshots, oh say, Sean Couturier with an elbow/forearm to the head. And let's even say that Rosehill or Rinaldo happen to be on the ice, challenges Neal, and Neal accepts. What exactly do you think happens from there? Do you think Rose-aldo beats Neal to a bloody pulp?
That doesn't happen anymore
. These days the refs step in as soon as it looks like anyone is actually going to get hurt. So if Neal wants to cheap shot one of the Flyers "stars", he can do so without any real fear of any serious retribution from Flyers players, Rose-aldo or no Rose-aldo. The deterrent now is Shanny's Dwarven Warhammer of Suspension+5. I guarantee you any player in the league will gladly take a few punches from an "enforcer" as opposed to missing a few games without pay.
Hartnell tried to fight Neal last year after Neal cheap shotted Giroux, of course the refs stepped in as soon as Hartnell landed one punch. There needs to be some accountibility for taking a blatent cheap shot, but the Flyers do it themselves quite often. Like Schenns forecheck to the head against Chicago.
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