This isn't a heavyweight laden NHL anymore, teams want guys like Prust or Rinaldo that hit a lot, can kill penalties, and fight once in a while.
What does George Parros
offer besides an occasional "hey you wanna go, ok good luck" fight. John Scott
offers even less but they are nuclear missiles, there to keep other teams honest.
If Brian Mcgrattan
suits up against the Red Wings, what's he gonna do? Sit on the bench for 58 minutes and not even break a sweat so he's scratched 90% of the time.
It's frustrating but that's the NHL these days. Long gone are the 80's and 90's when teams had 2-3 heavyweights and 2-3 middleweights along with some goalies who did more fighting than many players today.
A team like Toronto is an exception to the rule and it proves that even though you may not win every game or even make the playoffs, fans will LOVE a tough team no matter what, they will feel like they got their money's worth. I'm sure Leaf fans would rather win a cup but a team like they have now is much more exciting to watch than they have been since Doug Gilmour
and Wendel Clark
skated for them.
Times have changed but there are still some positives.