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08-10-2012, 02:24 AM
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Softest NHL Team

As everything stands right now, who do you guys feel is the softest team in the NHL? "Soft" being defined as a team that is not very physical, won't go to the dirty areas to battle for the puck, and lacks players that will fight.

Keep in mind that there are still some physical and scrappy UFAs that can make a team tougher:

Jay Rosehill
Jim Vandermeer
Brad Winchester
Byron Bitz

As it all stands right now, Carolina looks pretty soft. Winnipeg lost Tanner Glass and hasn't really done anything to replace him with another scrappy guy (Unless they plan on having Patrice Cormier up full-time next year).

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08-10-2012, 06:54 AM
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Detroit is probably the softest team in the nhl even though they picked up Jordin Tootoo, Tampa bay is pretty soft also but they picked up B.J Crombeen.

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Winnipeg may have lost Glass, but they still have Thorburn, Stuart, Ladd, Byfuglien, Kane, and Bogosian. All players who can fight pretty good or better.

Winnipeg is far from softest.

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I don't know that Edmonton has much in terms of hard-hitting guys who will drop gloves. I think they've got a couple who are borderline NHLers that may not play full seasons or barely play more than 5-6 minutes (Peckham, Eager) but their top-6... even top 9 PLUS their defense doesn't contain much sandpaper.

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Detroit is probably the softest team in the nhl even though they picked up Jordin Tootoo, Tampa bay is pretty soft also but they picked up B.J Crombeen.
Detroit is still pretty soft, but I don't think they're the softest. Tootoo throws his weight around and will drop the gloves. Brendan Smith will be up full-time this year. Tampa's not gonna be the toughest team, but Malone and Crombeen can handle themselves. Winnipeg has a couple guys that are gritty. I think Carolina may be the softest at the moment, at least.

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Detroit is still pretty soft, Jay but I don't think they're the softest. Tootoo throws his weight around and will drop the gloves. Brendan Smith will be up full-time this year. Tampa's not gonna be the toughest team, but Malone and Crombeen can handle themselves. Winnipeg has a couple guys that are gritty. I think Carolina may be the softest at the moment, at least.
I agree with you, the only player who fights on a regular basis is Tim Gleason. Jay Harrison will drop his gloves sometimes and Anthony Stewart will too.

But it's pretty pathetic how soft they are, they should consider signing Brad Winchester if they're not interested in a enforcer. At least he's a decent player.

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I agree with you, the only player who fights on a regular basis is Tim Gleason. Jay Harrison will drop his gloves sometimes and Anthony Stewart will too.

But it's pretty pathetic how soft they are, they should consider signing Brad Winchester if they're not interested in a enforcer. At least he's a decent player.
Yeah, there are still guys out there that can add that element of snarl that they're missing. Yeah, Gleason fought 5 times last year. Stewart, surprisingly, didn't fight all that much last year. They've acquired quite a bit of skill over the summer, with Staal and Semin, now they need to add some sandpaper to their lineup.

What are your thoughts about Dallas? Lost Burish and Dowell, but still have Benn and Morrow up front and Fistric at the blueline. Don't know much about Garbutt or any of their young guys.

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Yeah, there are still guys out there that can add that element of snarl that they're missing. Yeah, Gleason fought 5 times last year. Stewart, surprisingly, didn't fight all that much last year. They've acquired quite a bit of skill over the summer, with Staal and Semin, now they need to add some sandpaper to their lineup.

What are your thoughts about Dallas? Lost Burish and Dowell, but still have Benn and Morrow up front and Fistric at the blueline. Don't know much about Garbutt or any of their young guys.
They're a team who look to be a serious contender, they have dropped Burish and Dowell so they can get Jagr and Whitney (I assume that they have a pretty full roster?). They traded away Steve Ott so they could get Derek Roy, it seems like Joe Nieuwendyk wants this franchise to win a cup and he's willing to give up grit in order to do it.

He's willing to let go of tougher players so he can land the more skilled players.

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Jamie Benn, Brendan Morrow, Aaron Rome, Eric Nystrom and Mark Fistric are players for Dallas who are willing to drop the gloves.

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They're a team who look to be a serious contender, they have dropped Burish and Dowell so they can get Jagr and Whitney (I assume that they have a pretty full roster?). They traded away Steve Ott so they could get Derek Roy, it seems like Joe Nieuwendyk wants this franchise to win a cup and he's willing to give up grit in order to do it.

He's willing to let go of tougher players so he can land the more skilled players.
Forgot he traded Ott away, too. They've acquired a significant amount of skill, no doubt. Garbutt seems like a gritty guy, watching some videos of him. He'll most likely center the 4th line. Nystrom is a physical guy, too.

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Forgot he traded Ott away, too. They've acquired a significant amount of skill, no doubt. Garbutt seems like a gritty guy, watching some videos of him. He'll most likely center the 4th line. Nystrom is a physical guy, too.



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I brought Dallas up because a co-worker of mine said that Dallas is gonna be the softest team. Obviously I disagreed with him.

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I brought Dallas up because a co-worker of mine said that Dallas is gonna be the softest team. Obviously I disagreed with him.
Only time will tell, but you're right Carolina is far more softer than Dallas.

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Only time will tell, but you're right Carolina is far more softer than Dallas.
I can see Carolina picking up either Winchester or Rosehill. If that happens, it may be a toss up between them and Detroit, maybe?

Where do you think Vancouver ranks?

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I can see Carolina picking up either Winchester or Rosehill. If that happens, it may be a toss up between them and Detroit, maybe?

Where do you think Vancouver ranks?
It depends if they dress players like Volpatti, Duco and Weise. But those players are punching bags, they do however have Bieksa and Kassian.

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It depends if they dress players like Volpatti, Duco and Weise. But those players are punching bags, they do however have Bieksa and Kassian.
Weise will play the majority of their games, I'm sure. Not too sure about Volpatti, and it seems doubtful for Duco.

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It depends if they dress players like Volpatti, Duco and Weise. But those players are punching bags, they do however have Bieksa and Kassian.
Volpatti is a punching bag? The same guy who one punched Winchester?

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Weise will play the majority of their games, I'm sure. Not too sure about Volpatti, and it seems doubtful for Duco.
Don't worry about Weise he's one of the worst middleweights in the league.

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Volpatti is a punching bag? The same guy who one punched Winchester?
Yes he did, but I would still consider him a punching bag.

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Yes he did, but I would still consider him a punching bag.
Makes a lot of sense

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Don't worry about Weise he's one of the worst middleweights in the league.
I don't think Weise scares anyone. However, he is a decent 4th liner.

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Makes a lot of sense
So you think Aaron Volpatti isn't a punching bag because he tko'd Brad Winchester? The guy loses many fights.

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I don't think Weise scares anyone. However, he is a decent 4th liner.
He's a decent grinder, I hate him though he's a spotpicker.

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He's a decent grinder, I hate him though he's a spotpicker.
Agreed. Not a big fan.

Guillaume Desbiens signed with Vancouver last week. He'll probably only play about 20 games, though.

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So you think Aaron Volpatti isn't a punching bag because he tko'd Brad Winchester? The guy loses many fights.
When he loses it's usually against a middle/heavyweight and it's always close. A true punching bag would be someone who almost always loses and picks his spots

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