Does anyone else think the Flames need to, and hopefully will, sign a real heavyweight? With Godard gone and now McGrattan in the west, along with Boogaard, Hordichuk, Parker, et al., the Flames might need someone to handle these guys. Jim Vandermeer can scrap, but he's more of a second option and shouldn't be trying to go with a guy like Boogaard or McGrattan. There's not many guys out there now, but it would be nice if they'd get someone, even if they are only used when needed.
No I don't think we need a heavyweight. We have team toughness and Minnesota can waste a roster spot on Boogaard all they want. Godard and the role of the heavyweight just isn't what it used to be. They just aren't effective anymore.
Team toughness is fine. Obviously, that's an area which has been upgraded by removing the softies and replacing them with size. The wrinkle is having to face the members of the group, listed by the tread starter. This is a very legitimate issue. We discussed this last week at CP.
* You don't want liberties being taken against your skilled players.
* You don't want your star players getting 5 for fighting, because chances are that the other player won't be a good tradeoff with Iginla or Phaneuf.