20
Sep
Anonymous said:

people are saying the hawks need an enforcer, could you please explain what that means? thanks in advance!

captainfantoewstic:

So an enforcer is a kind of unofficial title for a guy who is known as a fighter, or goon. Basically any dirty or hard hits are usually responded to by the enforcer, who goes out and makes sure the other teams knows a hit like that won’t fly. That can be a full out fight, or just some rough or borderline hits. The main thing is that they protect the guys on their team.

Enforcers are on their way out, though. That’s due to a combination of factors, including the change in playing style that the league has seen over the last decade, new rules, and the new knowledge of the repercussions that enforcers have had to deal with mentally and physically over the years. Guys have been permanently injured in their roles as enforcers, usually head trauma, and sometimes even died as a result of their roles (primarily traumatic encephalopathy- which can only be found in an autopsy, and mental illness, and a dependency on pain killers).

The summer of 2011 highlighted this in a really unfortunate way, with three enforcer-type players passing away in that time. Rick Rypien committed suicide, Derek Boogard died from an accidental overdose (and showed evidence of encephalopathy in his autopsy), and Wade Belak was found dead in a probably suicide.

So, enforcers are on their way out, and the league has shifted its playing style. The Blackhawks are one of the teams that has never relied upon brute strength. They’re not a grinding team, they’re a finesse team. That’s why Jonny was saying that they don’t need an enforcer role on the team, because that’s not what they’re playing style is about. In fact, whenever they DO devolve into matching a team interested in physical play, we tend to see the Hawks fall behind or lose their edge. They have too many fast, skilled players that don’t play a grind-style game.

tl;dr: I’d probably argue the opposite of the people who say we need an enforcer. If needed, there are any number of guys on the team who will go out and make sure their teammate is looked after, but taking a skilled position away to replace them with an enforcer isn’t the way to go about winning another cup.

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#this so much #we honestly don't need one #at all #a team of assholes #siri does hockey #coach queue
20
Sep
dchan87:

"Toews. Such a teacher’s pet" - Mark Lazerus [x]

dchan87:

"Toews. Such a teacher’s pet" - Mark Lazerus [x]

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#he needs to know all the things #everything #all the time
20
Sep
swellsphotos:

Ok I really like my saddle
-goes back to editing and posting pictures of Geronimo-

swellsphotos:

Ok I really like my saddle

-goes back to editing and posting pictures of Geronimo-

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#niiiice #just give me a horse #horses yeah!
20
Sep

burgerkid:

me trying to exercise

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#same
20
Sep

steevoooo:

thedarkknyght:

jcsp1688:

paleasland:

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OMG

…now that you think about it…

Never can just scroll by this.

No fucking way.

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#BEST OTP FOREVER #hp
20
Sep

You have the heart of a chief and the soul of a dragon.

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#have i reblogged this? #i don't even care #httyd2
19
Sep

dragonista:

Reblog this if you would buy a book with an LGBTQ main character, whose sexuality was not the primary focus of the novel

If you would not, reblog this.

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#forever
19
Sep
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#WHY #ARE #YOU #DOING #THIS #TO #ME #STOP IT #hurrikane saader #siri does hockey
19
Sep
hockey-wrestling:

Brandon Saad’s spin-o-rama sets up Patrick Kane
[X]

hockey-wrestling:

Brandon Saad’s spin-o-rama sets up Patrick Kane

[X]

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#mar i s2g #stop this #hurrikane saader #siri does hockey
19
Sep

NO I DON’T THINK YOU UNDERSTAND MY FEELINGS ABOUT KANE/SAAD

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#HURRIKANE SAADER #IS GOING TO KILL ME #DO YOU UNDERSTAND THIS #DO YOU #NO #NO YOU DONT #HELP