Well, considering he is normally on a checking line, hitting people is kind of a job requirement. But I have seen him make some really nice plays, getting people open and making the pass and the like. He also has good hockey sense and knows where he should be on the ice at all times (well, most of the time) and some other players of his ilk are clueless at this. He has more to offer than mindless skating around and hitting. In my opinion anyway.
I thought Glass was in the same mold as Clutterbuck. He's more similar to Craig Adams. Yeah, he hits people, but it's rarely the type of big hit you'd see from some guys. He's certainly not a feared hitter, even like Orpik was a few years ago. He's not a feared fighter (and honestly not even a very good fighter), and has shown literally zero offensive ability.
I didn't like the signing when it happened, but was hoping he'd be better than I thought. I was wrong. Not saying he's completely useless, but he's close.
He's a very average player, but a good 4th liner on this team. If we had a better version of him IN THAT ROLE, then I wouldn't care to ever see him. But putting Jeffrey in for him is ridiculous. Not saying DJ isn't a better player than JV, but he's not better in that role.
He's not finishing checks and he's not been physical. Only Malkin, Sutter and Crosby among the regular forwards have less hits than him. I can't recall the last time he drew a call either.
He backchecks? Big deal. If you don't backcheck, you don't belong in the NHL.
There isn't the slightest thing that's dangerous about Vitale right now. He hasn't scored a goal in year for Christ.
We've had some really good fourth liners in recent years. Vitale, at least this seasons Vitale to date, is not one of them.
I could not disagree with you any more. But this thread is not the one to do that in, so we will have to agree to disagree for now. This is typically where an internet user throws some lame sarcastic quip to end his post - but I like you clefty.