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Old 06-15-2012, 01:18 PM
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2011-12 Team Fighting Report Cards

Haven't seen anyone do this yet so I'll get it started.

Habs:
Ryan White - 7 fights. Unfortunately he missed most of the season with a sports hernia but he came back quite nicely. Started out with a pretty good tilt against Adam Macquaid in what I thought would be a mismatch in the Bruins' favour. Looked out of his league against Erik Gudbranson a week later taking a loss, had a fun night against the Wild when he fought Stephane Veilleux off the opening draw and then later attacked him, gloves off,after he took a few pokes at a loose puck around the Habs net. Had a pretty good tilt with Matt Martin of the Isles and followed that up with a tilt against Chris Neil which he looked to bail out of when Neil was ready to get going. Finally finished up the season with another loss to Gudbranson which apparently concussed him and put him on the shelf. Loved the enthusiasm he showed and spark he provided the Habs in a 6 weeks of action but he may have to pick his spots a little better if he wants to stick around as he is not a very big guy. Grade B+.

Brad Staubitz - 6 fights. A trade deadline day acquisition via waivers, Staubitz gave the Habs a pretty decent light-heavy/heavy for the first time since Laraque(if you can even count him). Started out with a win over Pierre-Cedric Labrie in a pretty good tilt and then beat out Mike Brown in what Jim Hughson called a 'scary fight.' Both guys were throwing with evil intentions. Next up was another good win against a willing rook in Zack Kassian followed by a loss to Chris Neil. Finished off the season edging out Cody McCormick and Zenon Konopka. Like White, Staubitz made the Habs watchable in the final month and a half of the season. Hope they bring him back next year but I could see the Habs actually upgrading on him based on the coaching they are bringing in. Grade A.

Travis Moen - 3 fights. For the first two thirds of the season Moen was the only person on the Habs with any fighting ability and he didn't do it too often. Although he did play some of the best hockey of his career and was a key PK'er for the Habs. Unfortunately once the Habs got him some help he was out for the year with injury. His three fights were pretty uneventful ones with Cody McCormick, Shawn Thornton and Stu Bickel. Another guy I hope the Habs re-sign but not with the expectation of being the best fighter on the team. Grade D.

Other fights:

Petteri Nokelainen - 3 fights. Did ok in a fight with Michael Sauer but took losses, as expected to Andre Deveaux and Jared Cowen. 3 more fights than most fans expected from him. Stood up for himself when needed.

P.K. Subban - 3 fights. Had a hilarious fight with Brad Marchand and two other fights against Blake Wheeler and Colin Greening. Will never be a good fighter but can expect 3-4 fights per year against other non-fighters.

Max Pacioretty - 2 fights. Nothing fights against Brian Lee and Chris Kunitz. A good example of the new definition of power forward. 'Big and scores goal with some hitting.' Not the old definition. Big, hits lots, fights and scores.

One fight each
Rene Bourque - Pretty easy win against Matt Hendricks in his first game as a Hab. May as well become a fighter because he doesn't do much else out there.

Michael Blunden - Loss to Ryan Callahan. Would like to see more out him as he probably doesn't do enough other things to become a full time NHL'er. Great skater and hitter for a big man which means he can punish D on the forechek if he wants to.

Josh Gorges - Loss to Pavel Kubina. A heart and soul, warrior of a player but not much of a fighter.

Hal Gill - Dropped the mitts with the Jets Chris Thorburn but made no effort to throw punches while holding off Thorburn.

Team score. Was a tale of two seasons as the Habs finished with 28 fights (tied for 21st most in the league) but probably 16-18 of them came in the final 6 weeks of the season. Final grade C-.

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