Re: Hockey Minus Stupidity
posted at 2/28/2013 6:58 PM EST
In response to MeanE's comment:
My point is that they don't have a 4th line tough guy! If you consider Neil a "real player", than so is Smith. I wasn't happy about the outcome of the Horton-Sestito exchange last year either. You never answered my question. If you are afraid of one of your power forwards dropping the gloves because of concussions, would you re-sign him? If you take the "power" out of Nathan's game, is he worth the money? Is he skilled enough to warrant $4 million a year?
Yeah, I don't really know what you mean about suddenly being afraid to let Horton drop the gloves because of concussions. The strategy has never really changed on that one, although I would certainly hope that he's less likely to fight goons now than he was two years ago.
The point you're missing is that Horton was signed to score and play the power forward game. He was never a fighter. He had a handful of fights in his career before coming here. The power forward game is about driving to the net, battling in front, being heavy on the puck, scoring rebounds, ect. That's Horton. His game has never, and should never, be about slugging it out with goons on the other team. That is not Horton's "power"
When he came to Boston, he bought into Bruins hockey and fought a little more than he had. That was fine. But after missing significant time with two major concussions, let's just focus on being an effective power forward again.
And if the time is right to risk dropping the gloves every now and then, fine. But that time shouldn't against Zach Smith when he comes out to disrupt the Bruins top line and get some momentum going for Ottawa. Let Thornton deal with that nonsense.