Dale Tallon Florida Panthers general manager has stated more that once or twice that he’s looking to add team toughness. He wants his version of the Florida Panthers to be a tough team to play against. A team that will not give up easy, and a team that will give you a battle. “No one is going to come in to our building for an easy victory”.
Well in order for that to happen, the team needs some toughness added to the roster. Players that will back each other up (Mike Richards hit on David Booth). Players that will finish checks, and work hard along the boards, clear players from the crease. And provide that big legal open ice hit when required. So far, the roster while having changed slightly doesn’t look too intimidating.
Here though are some examples of the types of players that are needed to toughen this team up:
Eric Belanger in this past season’s playoffs removes his own tooth on the bench. Doesn’t miss a shift.:
Want toughness? Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks lost seven teeth in this years playoffs when he blocked a shot during a game against the San Jose Sharks. He missed about seven minutes of the game, and still ended up playing almost 30 minutes anyway. That’s tough! But the crazy part of it was how he was after the game, and how his teammates talked about him a couple days later!
Here’s a look at some of the biggest hits that have been layed down. Now if we can see some of this, then yea, we’ll be tough to play against.
Tough guys are needed on every team. There’s certain players that do it for a living, and that’s there entire purpose. Some though are fortunate enough to have skill as well, and not just be a guy that plays two minutes a night. The Panthers need to acquire some of this toughness. Here’s another video of NHL Tough Guys:
I know what Dale Tallon meant when he said I want this team to be tough to play against. It’s the stlyle of hockey I love. Hitting, checking, crashing the boards, and standing up for each other. Playing the game the right way, with honor, courage, and determination.
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