No problem JP, I can understand why some would not consider Fotiu to be a top 25 fighter. Being a lifelong Ranger fan, I certainly liked having Fotiu, but I'm not related to the guy or anything, nor do I find the need to exaggerate anything he's ever done. I thought Gunslinger and Flyer Frank summed it up rather well with a few short words.
Two terms I hate to use when it comes to heavyweights is "afraid" or "punked out". I don't think there is one enforcer that ever played this game that didn't turn down someone at some point. In the WHA, Fotiu turned down Ted Scharf, for whatever reason. Scharf clearly challenged Fotiu in front of the net and Fotiu turned and skated away.
Personally, I don't think anyone in their right mind would say that a guy like O'Reilly was afraid of Nick Fotiu
. That, to me, is laughable. I watched O'Reilly fight with a separated shoulder, go to the box and pop his shoulder back in, talk about a warrior. O'Reilly was the type of guy that you could kick his ass 5X and he'd be looking forward to fight number 6, lol.
I think a lot of older Ranger fans remember those pre-1976 years when the Rangers were the leagues biggest pansy's. You probably remember the 72 playoffs when Sanderson beat up on Rod Gilbert
and Bobby Rousseau
. Then you go to 1974 and you watch Schultz beat up on Pete Stemkowski
, Middleton, Rolfe, and Brad Park
I remember a game where the Rangers allowed Schultz to beat up on Rick Middleton
and Bob Kelly
to beat up Gene Carr
with no retaliation. In 76, Curt Bennett
breaks Dave Maloney
This is what Ranger fans lived with. So if Ranger fans overrate Fotiu, IMO, it is somewhat understandable, seeing as what we lived with for over a decade. Not saying it should change anyone's opinion and as I've grown older and wiser, I understand the case against him and agree with it to a degree. He is certainly overrated by Ranger fans and I can't stand reading about all this fear and terror he invoked. However, he was much more respected amongst his peers than he is on these fight boards.
You're a Bruins fan, so you wouldn't quite understand,
seeing as how you not only iced the toughest team in the league for quite some time, but you also had the number 1 heart and soul guy in O'Reilly and the greatest player to ever play the game in Orr.
Man, I am actually jealous, lol.