While I thoroughly enjoy Souray's fighting, and I think he's a quality fighter, I think he's getting a bit more hype than deserves. He's not exactly fighting heavyweights.
In any event, I don't think Quintal's a valid comparison. For one, Quintal wasn't much of a fighter: he'd tend to wrestle/hang-on more than fight.
Secondly, the guy didn't have much of a mean streak at all. I don't think he was all that physically imposing. He didn't play big, didn't play mean, didn't make the Habs any stronger physically. A guy like Rivet does more to intimidate and add sand-paper to the team than Quintal ever did.
So, while I think Souray's getting the hype-machine working in his favour right now, Quintal doesn't compare. Souray all the way here.
Oh, I meant to mention: while Quintal did nothing to actually help Montreal in the size/strength/physicality department, he would occasionally drop the gloves and take a beating when the team was being intimidated. Of course, this didn't help the team not be intimidated, but it gave them a 5-minute break from intimidation at least.
I'm sure everyone remembers the night Worrell and the Panthers were in town, and Worrell decided to run around acting like he owned the place. Quintal eventually stepped up to take a beating and everyone cheered.
I dont know why , but when i saw souray fight yesterday...it made me reminde the good old time with Souray and Quintal on the same line..DANG that was killer!
I was just wondering, who would think is the best fighter?
Souray or Quintal?
Quintal hands down. Souray may look good in fights with punks like Malone or Alberts but Quintal consistently fiought top notch heavies like Probert, Grimson and Worrell. That being said I think Souray could do well as a goon if he fought more and didn't have the skills to be an important player to the team.