September 24 2013 10:17AM
It's worth pointing out that I screwed up a lot of things about yesterday's Enforcers post surrounding the Marc Savard incident. I originally wrote that Matt Cooke never faced retribution, but other Penguins enforcers did (I mixed up my dates and missed the game where Cooke did fight Thornton, although Thornton took an extra ten minutes) and I'd also written than Savard never played a game afterwards, which is untrue. One of my favourite moments from the 2010 season was his overtime winner in the first game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
If I do make gross factual errors like that, kindly point them out to me and I will fix them. I try to read every comment posted on this website because there honestly aren't a lot just yet.
Another comment from that post wrote, and I [sic]: "You write for a site called "Theleafsnation" that covers a team that LED THE LEAGUE IN FIGHTING MAJORS last year and you write about how enforcers aren't needed".
Which brings me to David Clarkson, eventually:
September 24 2013 06:27AM
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September 23 2013 04:14PM
Did you know that the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres played a hockey game last night? That Phil Kessel scored two goals? That Jake Gardiner and James Van Riemsdyk both had successful efforts that made their opponents look like ragdolls? The Leafs almost blew a 4-1 lead (sorry), but ultimately won in front of the home town fans. However, nobody cares about that. The focus? A highly controversial line brawl.
At first glance, it was extremely entertaining, even if you aren't huge on the idea of fighting in hockey. I hate staged fighers and goons, but even I checked that to the door and was scared of blinking and missing even a millisecond as everything unfolded. As the dust settles, there's been a lot of controversy over a bunch of the small moments, and I try to break it all down, from both perspectives.
September 23 2013 03:43PM
Per Mirtle... and a host of others.
Leafs have signed Mason Raymond.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) September 23, 2013
1-year 1 million for Mason Raymond.— David Alter (@DavidAlter590) September 23, 2013
The situation gets interesting considering the suspension to David Clarkson and possible suspension to Phil Kessel. It may have been wiser to wait and see whether anything comes from Kessel's suspension since that affects the salary cap going in... but perhaps the team has another move planned to clear up the salary cap space.
So... what do we have now?
September 23 2013 12:51PM
The enforcer debate re-surfaced today, what with the wake of the Maple Leafs and Sabres brawl Sunday night, plus the Edmonton Oilers claiming Steve MacIntyre off of waivers.
To some degree, there's a modicum of logic behind the utility of enforcers. With a tough guy on the bench, teams are going to be less likely to take runs at star players, knowing that any player is going to have to answer the bell. That era seems to have passed us, and the players that have become the most likely to take runs at others are the ones, ironically, designed to protect and serve the lineup.
John Scott has played 180 National Hockey League games. Among active players, he is the lowest in points scored among players with at least 150 games played, six behind Cam Janssen. He has scored one goal (somehow) and has 305 penalty minutes. Scott is designed to play with the Sabres for the purpose of protecting the Sabres from players like John Scott.