For the second straight day Dylan McIlrath threw down with an opposing player. Last night it was against Dalton Smith of Springfield...
...don't get me wrong, I love me some McIlrath poundings and can't wait to see him bring the pain in the NHL, but after everything we know and witnessed with Boogaard at what point is it too much? I feel like everytime I look at a CT Whale box score I see a fighting major for McIlrath.
...now, I don't know how much of this is his fault. He's a rookie in the AHL with a reputation of being a brawler. So I'm assuming every AHL enforcer is testing him out. And there's no way he's backing down. But I would really hate to see his career declining before it even starts because of the constant punches to the head he's taking.
...unfortunately, if he makes the Rangers roster next year, he'll being doing this all over again as the NHL enforcers take their shots at him.
Going to the playoffs with Hank out of gas is a very real concern. We've seen it happen before and it's one reason that Hank has never been at his absolute top best in the post season. We have to be able to win with Marty Biron in the regular season to win in the playoffs. Torts needs to remind himself that the goal isn't just to win the next game. It's to win 16 playoff games. Resting Hank is critical. Not a luxury.
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I agree that it's cause for some concern. It's always good to have someone who takes care of his teammates, but with the addition of Clowe and Dorsett to the team, we could use McI to concentrate more on his D than the fisticuffs.
Honestly this is really a hockey problem, fighting is cool but every other game the same guy? Its just dangerous and barely adds value to the actual game.
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@TheNYRBlog fighting with a visor on is pretty stupid. At least take off your helmet or don't wear a visor and fight.
Concussion are always a concern, but I don't think using Boogaard is a good example. He grew up as a bigger kid always being challenged and his 1 path to the NHl was as a fighter. McIlrath is coming to the NHL for his toughness and ability to play D, not necessarily just fighting. I don't know his medical history, but it doesn't seem like he's had any head issues yet. Plus with a guy like Beuk coaching him, he's probably letting him know how devastating concussions can be since they ended his career. Haven't seen the Undertaker lose any fights, which also helps avoid those head shots.
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@TheNYRBlog the fitz fight
@TheNYRBlog wow that def fight of year so far
@TheNYRBlog and why is this a bad thing? He is doing it to spark his team
@TheNYRBlog maybe his girl broke up with him? Which makes me think, what a great anger outlet. "Wanna go"
@gravey94 he kinda lost that one. He took the majority of the punishment. But I agree. He's a stay at home defenseman with a huge reach. He's not a 4th line winger with no business on the ice other than brawling. I hope his d game continues to get better while he picks his fights a little better. I also saw he got an assist the other night which is always a plus.
@gravey94 I'm not sure I agree with you. McIlrath's fighting ability will be a big reason for him being in the NHL. It also puts a big target on his back. Boogaard's issues weren't prevalent when he was in his early 20s.
@YesTBrown You mean until he has permanent brain damage ala Boogaard.
@HockeyValkyria Opening himself up to issues that Boogaard had to deal with as well as possible injury.
@KevinDeLury I have a hard time believing that the Rangers would use a 1st round pick on a defenseman just to see him fight. The reason he comes to the NHL and STAYS in the NHL will be if he brings a game similar to Brooks Orpik's game or Beuk's game. No way the Rangers will keep him up if he can only contribute a fighting major every game...see Stu Bickel.
Boogaard's issues weren't prevalent in his early 20's but you can be damn sure they were well on their way. He was fighting his entire life, and not just in the rink. I'm sure he absorbed almost as many blows off the ice as he did on the ice.
@TheNYRBlog yes but fighting is what's expected of him.