Strangelove wrote:Potatoe1 wrote:The whole "toughness" issue was over stated because Boston's strength is the fact they likely have the toughest core group in the league.
Some say the psychological effect of the Vancouver Canucks being out-toughed by the Bruins was the difference-maker.
Some say the Hawks eliminated the Vancouver Canucks by way of the same difference-maker in 2010.
Some say the Hawks eliminated the Vancouver Canucks by way of the same difference-maker in 2009.
Some say the Ducks eliminated the Vancouver Canucks by way of the same difference-maker in 2007.
I agree with all those folks!
And I am sooooo sick of it.
Honestly, the collective Canuck pussiness this past June made me sick to my stomach....
If you look at recent cup winners, (Det, Bos, Chi) they all had a pronounced physical element on their top lines. It wasn't the only factor towards their success, but it was a big factor.
Pot is right in that our roster was banged up last year... but this isn't the first year we've been outmuscled in the playoffs. I don't want to get tougher at the expense of our other attributes... I just wanna get tougher. And again, not goon tougher but Lucic/Doan/Big PF tougher.
With Raymond not producing offensively and a much cheaper replacement in Sturm being added, I fail to see why anyone would get upset about losing him in a package deal -- especially if the return is the aforementioned PF. Raymond got his 2.5 million based on the assumption he is a 2nd line winger and can consistently play like one. He isn't and he doesn't. He's a good defensive player but is overpaid in the bottom six and I wonder if he'll ever be the same player coming off a serious spinal injury.
We were a great team last year but you should always strive to improve weaknesses if you can do so without losing what made you successful in the first place. I think this was our weakness last year and in years past, and I think we can address it without blowing up the team.
EDIT: As far as the 2010 Hawks go Doc, they were just plain better than us. Not sure if muscle would have helped so much there.