Guido wrote:Right now? I'm worried about the health of our blue line.
Yeah, what will we do if we lose Orpik or Letang? We'd be in a bad spot.
Henry Hank wrote:In that sense, there is team toughness that pervades the entire lineup from Crosby to Malkin to Staal to Talbot to Fedotenko to Kennedy to Orpik to Gill, etc. These are guys that will play for each other and stick up for each other.
Love this assessment. Totally on target - "tough" isn't created by two forwards (Roberts, Malone) and an enforcer. We've got Orpik, Gill, Talbot, and Fedo who all play with a lot of grit, Godard, who isn't above actually fighting someone (Thx PittsburghJoe for pointing that out) and a few gritty players in Cooke, and Kennedy. Heck, "tough" is why Dupuis makes sense on the top line if you think about it - because he fights for pucks in the corners.
If you're afraid of people taking runs at Sid or Geno because of a lack of enforcer, I say Empirically Denied. Nobody's done it in the past, and nobody will now, especially since we've got a half crazy person as our enforcer. If you're worried about this team being bullied around on the ice because of lack of size, I would point out that with Fedo, Staal, and Cooke, we've got more size in the top 9 than we did last year where we had...Malone...and...Staal...