NJ5934 wrote:Outside of Laraque, there are few players in the league guys are "afraid" of.
yes and no.
heavyweights pretty much always fought laraque when prompted. but of course turds like upshall, hollweg, avery, tucker etc...they wouldn't do it. but they wouldn't fight orr, parros, mcgratton, brashear, boogard or any other heavyweight either. it had nothing to do with laraque being the best, it was just that he wasn't in their weight class. riley cote is the only guy i can think of that's really "fearless".
laraque's only value enforcement-wise was that he would always win those heavyweight bouts. but who cares? does colton orr really bother anyone?
and upshall, hollweg, avery, tucker etc...they won't fight goddard this year either. it's up to biz, kennedy, talbot, orpik (and i guess gill?) to take care of the "pests" of the league.