This would be a better thread if it were "We need to bring Jay Rosehill out of the pressbox,"
Because Rosehill is a better player and better fighter than Konopka, and he's not cracking our lineup.
The team has not been playing scared, so they don't need him in the lineup. That could be somewhat re-considered after the last couple of games.
Take that back.
The team plays softer than a peewee team. They are scared out of their mind. Kessel, grabovski, kulemin, and all of our skilled players are scared to get into serious battles because they have no one to back them up.
If PK Subban roughed up Sundin like he did to kessel, he would have gotten his skull caved in by Belak, Domi and Tucker. But when it happened to kessel, everyone just watched. This team is a disgrace, especially for Burke.
Konopka is a plug who holds on to dear life for half has fights and is ok at faceoffs other then that hes just a stiff. But I do agree with you that we need some team toughness BADLY in the lineup. We missed out on signing Rupp and Prust in recent years. Hopefully this offseason we sign Parros or someone like that. I don't get the posters who are so against having a tough team. Its a physical game ladies you need some toughness and a few guys on your team that can scrap if you dont like it **** and watch curling.
This site is full of people like Mooseoak an inappropriate name for the poster who feels we should have zero grit at all and should base team on speed..
I think team speed over the top 2-3 lines is good, can't say our 4th line is not gritty, Armstrong, Steckel, Brown are more then gritty enough. I would love to have a fighter on our team who could play the game but unfortunately most of the elite guys are useless in every other aspect of the game. Unless you want to bring in a middle weight or two.