Sure, I shouldn't hold it against him personally, but man - the numbe of times he would just have someone skate by and do nothing...in the game at least.
Marty McSorley was always underrated. Part of the reason Gretzky was able to be Gretzky is because McSorley would keep the other team in check whenever someone tried to take a run at Gretzky. Something you don't see as much these days - 80 times, a player has had more than 300 PIMs in a season, and only three of those have happened since 2000.
Tim and Kirk lead the league in wins with each getting 38 (Roy had 36, just behind them).
Tried to take a run at Gretzky? When did that ever happen? Wasn't there an unwritten rule that opposing players couldn't touch him?ReplyDelete
It definitely got to that - I do remember a couple times when things were cut off by McSorely before it became anything, but as Wayne's career went on, that unwritten rule definitely seemed to be all that was needed.Delete
I remember some lousy players in NHL '94/'95, and while I dont remember Baumgartner in the game I know the struggle of getting those checking-line enforcers to move anywhere at all.ReplyDelete