Re: Skating Clowns for Sale!
posted at 6/30/2011 10:45 PM EDT
In Response to Skating Clowns for Sale!
[QUOTE]It appears that a few GMs are coming over to my way of thinking. Zack Stortini, and Steve MacIntyre (and a couple others I can't remember) have been told they won't be re-signed. Know why? THEY'RE USELESS!!! They can't play hockey. All they do is skate around in circles and fight each other. I would guess in five years or less, all of these empty helmets are completely phased out. (Side note: Toronto signed Jay Rosehill to buck the trend. He's a defenseman, right?)
Posted by Not-A-Shot[/QUOTE]
Hockey is a violent game. I don't need to tell you that for any other reason than to have a starting point for my point of view in this discussion.
Do we all wish it was more skill and less violence? Well, I can't tell you that. Some people hate it, and some people love it. By the cheering in the crowd when 2 guys square off in a good tilt, or when everyone in the bar pays attention when they drop the gloves, I'd say there is a large appetite for it. Remember, this is entertainment, and ticket must be sold. This is PROFESSION hockey, not Olympic Hockey. 82 games squeezed into 6 months, with 3 games in 4 nights, & travel in between doesn't always make for optimum performance.
Here's where I see the fit. Say you are playing a team that has a real dirty player who is constantly in the face of your best players. Say Marchant on the Sedin Sisters. He keeps punching your best player in the face, and gets away with it. What are you going to do? Let your best players get thrown off their game because of this, or do you send someone out to have a talk with him. Me, I send someone out to let him know that there is a world of hurt for him, or his team's better players if he doesn't show some respect. I don't want Lucic doing this. I don't want Chara. And I don't want to lose the Cup because my "Best Players" are off their game.
Most times in the playoffs this is a non-issue, because they don't dress the Enforcer, but during the regular season, you got to have one of these guys, and 10 goals to boot, works for me.
The Matt Cooke hit is outside of the bounds of this conversation, in my opinion. That is a League matter, and they failed miserably in that department.
The Enforcer is to stop the chippy little crap that goes on to your best players. That is why guys like Cooke and Avery have jobs, and guys like Thorton are there to keep them in check.