Idoit40fans wrote:What does that have to do with grit? That is a player making a bad decision.
Well I was just saying that role players need both grit and awareness/character. Putting a player out there who is gritty but makes mental mistakes and/or takes a ton of penalties kind of defeats the purpose.
I'd much rather have a guy like Rob Scuderi or Troy Loney, who is smart with the puck and has toughness, but plays within himself and doesn't try to do too much. Guys like Asham were the worst of both worlds IMO, because he tried to do too much both physically and on offense, turning the puck over and also taking penalties.
Minor penalties and turnovers were the reason the Philly series was a disaster. Thoe whole point of my OP was to point out that role players cannot continue to make mental errors at the rate they did a year ago, and if they do, they should not be kept around just because they are gritty.