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Does this team have attitude? October 6, 2009

Posted by calvin in Uncategorized.
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I listened to Lindy Ruff this morning on WGR. He mentioned he wants the team to have “attitude”, and then Howard Simon said he’d heard some of the guys talking about a pack mentality. Did they all read the Twilight series over summer vacation or something? (If you don’t get the reference, there are werewolves in the books…) Moving on…

Now, it’s no secret for the past couple of years these guys have been as tough as Mallomars, which are delicious, by the way, but given the one game I’ve seen in its entirety they just look different to me. It might be wishful thinking, but I hope it’s not.

Lindy mentioned he’s told his players he’ll accept penalties for defending their teammates, showing they’re not going to take any crap, etc. He also said the penalty Derek Roy got in the 2nd period of the Montreal game was because he punched Maxim Lapierre. I gotta tell you – I can get behind that. Dude needs a good punch or three.

Now, I want you to read the last part of the paragraph above again. DEREK ROY got a penalty for PUNCHING another player. Derek Roy. Our little Derek, all grown up and getting belligerent. Nice.

As long as he keeps it on the ice and doesn’t do anything bad enough to get suspended, I’m good with that. Theo Fleury wasn’t a pushover even though he could fit in my pocket, with room to spare for Roy – why should our smaller guys get knocked around?

What do y’all think? Does this team have attitude?

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