I can see one of those 3 coming in for Tanev for more physical matchups, ie. against Chicago.
Three for toughness? Hey, Alberts and Barker have shown they're willing. But they lose most of their fights. Vandy goes toe to toe with the big guys and grins ear to ear, as has been mentioned already!
I don't see hitting as a problem. Edler, Bieksa, Ballard, and Garrison can all throw big hits. Whether it be standing up players or throwing a hip check here or there.
What we need is some nastiness in front of our net, and someone who's willing to keep the other team from running around.
Best quote here today; and I'm grinning from ear to ear. I've been calling for a nasty right D to clear our net and punish opposing forwards for more than a year! And yes, Vandy add's a second pickup to Garrison who will push guys like Joe Thornton away from our net. Sure its just depth, but at least its in our toolbox!
If he can take on Lucic, imagine what pipsqueeks like Marchand will get???
The great thing about getting a tougher player like this, it improves the "toughness" match ups all the way up the roster.
If Vandermeer takes on the opposing goon (probably losing as he isn't a legit heavyweight... but he plays 12 minutes a game vs. them on for 2 minutes)... it means that all of a sudden Weise, Volpatti, Bieksa, Zassian line up against lesser opponents who they are probably tougher than. Everyone gets to play a little bigger.
I also think that with so many games against Edmonton this year, it is a good idea to play a little tougher. they are a team we can push around a little even if we can't match them in pure skill.
Hey,I agree whole heartedly Plus who wants Kassian in the box when he can score goals, and Vandy is the better fighter anyway? Edmonton (for now) is just playing tough so their fans can have some entertainment for their squad when it loses.
Where it will really help is against LA, who got mileage running at Tanev and others. Make no mistake, amongst the top two reasons we lost to LA is they manipulated size match ups in their favour at their will!
Of course this was also the number one reason we lost to Boston; beyond size match ups they simply beat on us until we broke.
We've now added 220 lb Garrison, 222 lb Barker and nasty MoFo Vandy this off season. Gillis; bring us another big right winger and I'm voting for exec of the year once again after questioning lots last year!
Edited by Canuck Surfer, 14 January 2013 - 06:05 PM.