Re: Look, It's Time!!!
posted at 11/10/2013 12:40 PM EST
In response to jmwalters' comment:
In response to shuperman's comment:
There is a strong argument for this sentiment but unless we want to see the likes of Orr and McLaren running around, or trading majors with the likes of Lucic and Chara then there definitely is a place for it. Its simply the reality of today's NHL.
We dont need another clown.
That's the one issue for me to. Part of the Bruins swagger seems to be based on toughness and the notion that if team's want to try to escalate things, the Bruins will galdly oblige. I think things change a little when Colton Orr or Brian McGratton can come in hard on Rask at the whistle and then wait for Chara or Lucic to say something. Then suddenly the Bruins are in a position of turning the other cheek, avoiding the confrontation, and that kinda changes the feeling of this team.
Now I don't think Thornton does a very good job at any of this, these days, so I'm not using him to justify have a goon or whatever. It would be nice if nobody had goons. But if you decide that the Bruins don't need a goon at all, there may come a backlash at some point in the culture and swagger of the locker room. I don't like having Chara or Lucic fighting 4th line goons, but I also don't like the Bruins having to turn the other cheek in the face of confrontation. I don't think the skill players like it either, as toughness seems to be part of the Bruin history and current mojo.
Again, not saying a goon is the way to be 'tough', but when the Bruins play Vancouver for example, and Tom Sestito is playing dirty and snowing Rask, I would prefer to have him be confronted by someone besides a skill player or even one of the 6 D-men. If they do it, Sestito is applauded for disrupting things and taking a better player off the ice with him.
Not defending Thornton here, but I think people might regret not having a designated fighter in some games, as long as other teams still have them. Especially when your M.O. is toughness (and it's been working).