I never wanted Konopka. We need actual hockey players.
These types of threads about us being soft only happen when we are losing. Having a goon go out and fight another goon will not help us out in a hockey game.
And a part of playing hockey is having tough players that will stick up for your skilled players and not let your team play like a bunch of wussies like we have plays for almost two months now. I'm not the biggest fan on Konopka but if you think our team does not need toughness then you don't understand hockey, sorry.
If there was one thing some of the postseason losses against the Leafs taught me;
- if your size & toughness are concentrated on the 4th line and bottom pairing... you don't have either.
Size and toughness need to be playable to matter. The Leafs top-3 lines are quite small and soft compared to the rest of the league. The size and toughness you need, has to be 2-3 guys on the top-3 lines (2 guys - if Army could ever stay healthy).
Konopka... He's an elite face-off man, he seems to fit in well with his teamates and he'll do anything for the team, but he's not an NHL center, the timing of his fights don't create energy and he takes too many penalties. If he were a face-off taking LW, who got in half as many fights and took half as many penalties; he'd be one of the most valuable 4th liners in the league. But the undisciplined guy I see now who is playing center all too often? ... That guy is a negative on a playoff team, IMO.
Ugh, the Bruins are the defending champs. They took over the Cup final when Thornton was put back into the lineup. From that point on they physically dominated Vancouver. It got to the point when Marchand punched Sedin repeatedly in the head, and not one single player did anything about it. It was the ultimate humiliation for Vancouver to see their superstar mistreated and disrespected like that.
The pevious year it was the Hawks who won it all (and they got past the Canucks largely because Byfuglien spent the entire series either parked on top of Luongo or running him over, and the Nucks had no one who could handle him).
Look at the top teams this year. Toughness, hitting, and yes...even fighting are a common trait among most of them.
The whole team was garbage and played with no heart, "clueless". So who on the Habs is tougher than Brown, Phaneuf, Komisarek, Schenn, Rosehill? Travis Moen? Let me guess, it must be the gentle giant, Hal Gill. Sadly enough most of the Leafs can't even fight. Habs are worse.