The best fighter by reputation perhaps, but definitely not in practice. Last time I checked to truly be a great fighter you needed to
2. Fight with good timing
3. Fight in more then just scripted bouts
as far as I'm concerned, Laraque has not done any of these in a looooong time
Well you see...our little buddy laraque, seems to have forgotten how to fight...the guy is afraid to het punched in the face and therefor he is always ducking when someone tried to punch him......and before you start to say most ppl wouldnt want to get hit think about the best fighters in the nhl's history...tim hunter, dave semenko, tie domi, scott stevens...when was the last time you saw those guys back down or duck away from a punch?? i mean laraque used to be the man but he has stepped down and now its time for a new enforcer to rise up and take the responsibility into his own hands...
Torres is a tough, physical player but far from our best fighter. He's certainly not in the same league as Big Georges (who is) and behind Jason Smith and possibly Ethan Moreau. Watch out for Semenov if and when he realizes the positive effect a few scraps will have on his game. I watched Chara tune in Hal Gill several weeks back and Semi can grow into a similar impact player.
Ime sure it wouldnt be that hard to replace the fighter ..i mean the Canucks just picked up Brookbank for nothing ..i think what maybe worries the Oil is if he is traded and then turns into a monster who maybe scores 10 to 15 a year .But he isnt showing any indication of doing that in Oil Town any time soon .
I was kinda goofin' with Rocky. However that said, the rock would offer an inexpensive tough guy with strong work ethic, character, and positive attitude. He has played forward for a couple of years and could easily serve press box duty until required for physical games. Rocky is also a willing thrower...
Regarding the Oiler toughness, imo it falls off quite dramatically without Big Georges. The guy drives me nuts with his inconsistent play and laid back personality but he is the reigning heavyweight champ.