Re: Look, It's Time!!!
posted at 11/13/2013 11:55 AM EST
In response to Davinator's comment:
Maybe you should ask Savard/Erickson/Horton if they think having Chara on the bench was a detterent.
Those three incidents don't necessarily mean anyone's presence is not a deterrent...we cannot determine how many times a cheapshot did NOT happen because Thornton or Chara or whomever was on the ice at the time.
Unfortunately, there will always be cheapshot artists that disregard any repercussions whatsoever - all a GM/Coach can do is try to minimize those incidents by dressing the players that meet that role.
The Bruins GM/Coach understand ST's role better than we do and when they feel it is not working any longer, they'll make the change.
For the record, like anyone else - I would like ST to contribute more (scoring) with his limited ice time, but I am OK with 4th line minutes.
You are talking about something theoretical, like you said, 'something we dont know about'
While you could be right, i personally dont think so.
We KNOW that Chara/Thornton/McQuaid/Lucic were on the team when most of those cheapshots happend. Having the possibility of having the snot beat out of them did nothing to deter those.
The 'deterrent' logic is a myth.
The players who play that 'role' are going extinct.
Players who play dirty, will play dirty regardless of whos on the other teams bench.
As far as ST scoring. I dont expect him to. I expect him to skate hard, and finish checks. When I watch him play I see him miss more checks than I see him land ones. I dont dislike him, but i would much rather have someone called up and get used to the NHL pace of the game than have him there.