Originally Posted by solidus12
In terms of bodychecks? Hatcher was just as good, if not better, IMO.
Actually we wasn't. Hatcher's inability to skate basically made him an east/west hitter. Levelling guys against the boards was his thing. Rarely did you see him take a run at someone at the blueline, or anywhere in open ice.
Tinordi on the hand could catch guys along the boards, but could also hit people going north. He was devastating along the wall, but could also catch people in open ice with their heads down.
Hatcher was absolutely no doubt it more dirty and nasty, but that's it. Scott Stevens
is the measuring stick for hitting defenseman. Mark Tinordi
was a lot more like Scott Stevens
in that regard than Derian Hatcher