Re: How is there no Kessel vs. John Scott thread yet?!
posted at 9/23/2013 4:04 PM EDT
I will always think of Lucic steamrolling Miller as a reason to employ the Goon. I don't know if Buffalo's lack of size and toughness had any bearing on what Lucic did, but if Scott is there does he do it? We will never know. We all know that it didn't protect Marc Savard, even with Lucic on the ice. (I still think everyone was so stunned by what happened they didn't know what to do. ) If a team is wearing your team down by tough physical hockey, and you don't have those types of players, how do you combat that? I'm guessing that you send out a Goon.
Personally I don't want them out there, but pretty much all the GM's do have them on their team, even the good GM's (Ken Holland and P.C. to drop a few names). On the radio today, they asked Feester (example of a bad GM) if he was bringing in a heavyweight, and he said "of course" (paraphrase).
So at this point, pretty much all teams think they are a necessity in a Regular Season of 82 games, where your team has to go into enemy buildings, where they have little to no talent, with little to no chance of winning, unless they get can get under the skin of the better visiting team. And, how do you Entertain your paying public if you won't even put up a fight (figuratively, and literally!) ?
If you outlaw the enforcer, through various penalties, what will the outcome be? 1- More rats, like Linsman? 2- Bigger stronger SOFT players that wouldn't make it, now have a chance to play because they aren't afraid? 3- More smaller skilled players get a chance?
I don't know, but if the Olympics are any indication, it can only get better.