Re: Most Wanted
posted at 9/24/2011 10:03 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Most Wanted
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Most Wanted : shupe - Don't confuse toughness and fighting, They don't have to go hand in hand. Seidenberg is no fighter, but he's as tough as nails. Byron Bitz was a big body who was willing to drop the gloves, but not what I'd call tough. Marchand fights every shift, for every inch of ice. He'll never quit or backdown, always aggressive. He's like a demon when after the puck on the forecheck. Marchand fights with his game. That's why he is getting the respect he deserves. And he has earned it. I could care less if these guys fight, but this team has developed a toughness which is a big part of why the Cup currently resides in Boston. Brad Marchand's "toughness" is infectious...without fighting
Posted by JWensink[/QUOTE]
A good post. And I think I have watched and played enough hockey to understand what toughness and fighting is.
But who is giving Marchand respect. Bruins fans? Yes. You think other teams are giving him respect or think he is an honest hard working type. Give me a break. He is a dirty player that crosses the line on too many occasions. How is what he does any more infectious than what a Downie does or any smaller type pest player. In fact as much as you think its infectious it also wears thin very quickly. No diffferent than a Mike Kennan type coach. It wears thin. Guys who have to stick their noses in and stick up for these grow tired of it. He backs none of his actions up. He knows full well he has a team full of tigers backing him up.
He is a hard worker and does go to the ugly areas which gets my respect. What takes it away is when he acts like a punk and runs his yap and disrespects the game. So as much as you think he is getting respect I would say its the opposite. Sedin getting speed bagged does not gain him respect around the league, golf swing does not get him respect, running people after icing and watching other guys fight his fights does not get him respect.
BsL said he backs it up. No, he doesnt. He has his boys back him up. He does back it up with his play.
But this entire thread was about how we have so many targets next year. I said why b/c they checked Bergie or they had a late hit on Horton. That stuff happens in hockey. Its not perfect. Chara nearly ending MP career got much more play time than anything any of the guys on the list did. Lucic has been suspended(and I tend to agree it couldnt have happened to a better person) and Lucic had hits that were reviewed.
What I don't get is that when they do it they are dirty players trying to end careers. When ours do it they are tough warriors. Thats all. No more no less. Its hockey. I fully expect someone to run some of our guys. I fully expect to run some of theirs.
Anyway. We all did this to death last year and maybe I shouldnt have posted. I have been better of late but sometimes it just needs to be said. I hope its a maturity thing and he just plays hard between whistles. I doubt he will. But I bet he won't be a Bruin for more than 5 seasons. Why? B/C that act gets old quickly.