Glen R. Goodhand, Lindsay, Ont.
When ‘Terrible’ Ted Lindsay became GM of the Red Wings in 1977, his appointment was synonymous with his motto, “Aggressive Hockey Is Back In Town!”
The Winged Wheelers had not been doing well – in fact had finished dead last in the league with a paltry 41 points. They almost doubled their total the ensuing year.
Everything one reads about the 2009-10 Maple Leafs would suggest there has been a revival of Conn Smythe’s own motto, “If you can’t beat ’em in the alley, you can’t beat ’em on the ice!”
Reports of last weekend’s games include Andre Deveaux, Jay Rosehill and Phil Oreskovic’s pummeling of opponents, some of whom could hardly be called “enforcers.”
Garnet Exelby was featured in Sunday’s paper all bloodied from continuing this new ideal, apparently adopted by Brian Burke and his revolutionized Blue and White.
So, what do we have now: the Bay Street Bullies? Is this what fans have been hoping for as a sign of improvement in the team’s fortunes?
Philadelphia was the most despised team in hockey for half a decade while they utilized the same tactics in the early 1970s.
Is that really what the diehard followers of the Leaf Nation want? I doubt it.
It soon becomes tiresome to see inflated penalty totals, but little in the way of scoring stats.