First of all, congratulations, I think the Flames got better in the off-season.
I'm looking for some info about Eric Godard.
I know that maybe is a little late to ask this, but there's some confusing information about him.
I've being reading some articles in the press that states this guy is a top-10, maybe top-5 enforcer in the league.
Some reporters and fans think he's a willing fighter and will do whatever it takes to protect his teammates.
I never bought this too much, because I heard some Flames fans were not much happy with his job.
So, asking directly to you guys - who know the matter - what's the truth about all this?
Just one more thing:
we know he's no offensive threat, so, how about his checking and hitting ability?
Thanks in advance for any info and Good Luck next season.
Godard has 2 positives to his game. One is being good at fighting and the other is his above average skating ability for an enforcer, but there is nothing else particular useful about him.
Godard is kind of a robot enforcer. The coach puts him in the lineup to fight if the other team regularly also employs an enforcer. Sometime halfway through the game, Godard and the enemy enforcer will get put on the ice at the same time, and they drop the gloves just because. Well, Godard usually wins it at least, but there is no emotion to his encounters. He just fights the other enforcer because that's what he's there to do, he provides no energy really. Honestly the idea of giving a multi-year contract to someone like Eric Godard is mind-boggling.
Has deceptive speed for sure. For a guy his size he can definetly skate. He'll fight the Boogaard's of the league and hold his ground. He can be a liabilty though and that's why he never got much for icetime here.
He started believing he was an actual player and started dropping the gloves less. That was his problem last year.
Yup, he tried actually playing the game last year instead of being an enforcer, which wasn't pretty. He did chip in the odd goal or assist here and there, but really he would have been much better off if he just fought and protected his teammates, although his teammates could defend themselves.