Originally Posted by MattBurger
I could actually see Prust hitting 30 fights for the Canadiens this season. They don't have a Rupp or Bickel to lighten to load for him. White tends to find his way on the injured list, and Moen isn't as willing as he used to be.
Prust isn't gonna get 30 fights... 20 fights would be good.
It's not all the league's fault if the fighting majors took a drop. It's fighters' fault too. I'm gonna get heat for that but enforcers must enforce, not just hope they play against the other teams' 4th line so they can start a staged fight right of the get go.
As fighters, I think that guys like Jared Boll
, George Parros
, Shawn Thornton
, Brandon Bollig
, etc, should seek for a fight every night, after every whisle they're on the ice.
For some reason, guys like Westgarth and Bissonnette turned into some non-fighting lazy pieces of crap. These guys should ALWAYS seek for a fight, they should ALWAYS find themselves.
I think the lack of customers is an overated reason. Yeah, there's the instigator but... if enforcers want to prove that they are valuable to their teams, they should start to play their roles of enforcing. Take runs, go hard on the forecheck, drill the defenseman into the boards, get into players' skin, intimidate during the game and even after the whisle... look to start something.
I don't know... you're Shawn Thornton
, you know you can punk all of the Habs, go ahead and beat them up, it will oblige them to play an enforcer too. The remaining enforcers must make the job useful.
Enough of these good-luck-wishing heavyweights... Guys like Gino Odjick
were making the job of an enforcer REALLY relevant. Enforcers should just go and play like Odjick, punk other players, you know, make the job of an enforcer... relevant.