Re: where were you?
posted at 12/25/2010 9:11 AM EST
In Response to Re: where were you?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: where were you? : Did you see Ference jump when Lucic got leveled? Have you ever seen Thornton do that? Nope. He'll talk about it later and maybe there will be a staged fight in a different game. He is the goon, yet he strikes fear in no opponent. I don't care if he scored four goals last night. With the amount of ice time he gets, he should be scoring. If he were doing his job instead of trying to be a finesse player, maybe other teams wouldn't be so quick to take liberties. As for blah blah the fourth line great job all energy blah blah blah: The team has a difficult time scoring. The guys who are most likely to score are on lines 1-3. Each second over 5:00 that the fourth line is out there is one extra second that a guy who is likely to score is on the bench. Here's an idea: Give the fourth line third line minutes. Get rid of Ryder, Wheeler, Recchi and Bergeron. Use that money to get a true first line winger and fund the $500K per slot fourth line. It would look like this: Lucic-Savard-New Stud Seguin-Krejci-Horton Thornton-Campbell-Paille Caron-Colborne-Marchand
Posted by Not-A-Shot[/QUOTE]
NAS , this is one of those cats and dogs moments I had talked about before. Don't get mad at me but I disagree with some comments you make about Thornton's play .
Has Thornton ever jumped in like Ference did for Lucic ? You say no . I say yes . A player has to be on the ice when a cheap shot occurs. He was, he did and it was only about 3 weeks ago. http://www.hockeyfights.com/fights/99538
You have said that all Thornton does is ask his opponent if he would like to fight ( staged ) and if he doesn't then he skates away . Agreed . But...........if you go to http://www.hockeyfights.com/leaders/players/
like I did and go through the fights of the leaders throughout the league you'll be hard pressed to find very many reactionary fights compared to the fights that are staged. In today's NHL Thornton doesn't do anything different then the rest of the tough guys in the league.
Playing tough and banging bodies should be a priority for a 4th liner. Agreed totally . You say he doesn't . My view is so much different then yours. I see him taking the man when it is there . He is not a devastating hitter but takes the body. And as far as being a finesse player . I don't care if you're Derek Boogaard, if any player ( in the league ) has the puck in the offensive zone you don't discourage him from making plays to try to put the puck in the net. IMO Thornton has some offensive skills ( I know you don't agree ). Does a coach tell him forget to about that part of his game just because he is a tough guy ?
Your idea about 4th liners not having more then 5 minutes per game isn't shared by the 30 coaches in the league . Here's proof , just click on TOI for lowest to highest .http://nhl.fanhouse.com/stats/2010?position=Forwards&league=NHL&statsCategory=Points&page=9&qualified=false
I know I'm not exactly spreading the Christmas cheer with this post ( and I apologize for that ) but for me hockey is a 365 day thing.
Once again enjoy the Holidays !