but we had the exact same guys last year.
if we're not soft and small this year, why does that change?
again, I understand the BGL factor, but it doesnt change the fact that overall, we are the same team of small guys plus 2 new small guys.
Lang isn't exactly small... so no we don't have 2 new small guys, we have 2 new big guys.....
I think Cherry is reacting to the organizational change... one we have all seen, and can identify... to go out and get a goon... Teams now have to think twice about running around on us in the ways that boston and Philly did last year. BGL does change that. And its not just BGL... but an organizational philosophy to add guys like Henry and Flynn at the AHL level.... If BGL is hurt and we still need the gooin. you can call up this guy.
Its like if you have a team with a decent but not great first line centre and a crappy second line centre. Suddenly one summer you go out and get the best first line centre in the game.... Now you've gone from a weakness to a strength in the middle cause your old first line centre becomes your second line guy. Now you have an elite first line centre... and your second lie centre is probably one of the best second liners in the league.
TK, Bouillion, and O'Byrne used to have to fight all the big guys on other teams... now they are the second and third options and the big guys have to deal with BGL first.