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What Can Boogaard Do?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

We’re not assigning Boogaard blame for anything, and we’re most certainly not blaming him for Colby Armstrong’s crushing and penalized second-period hit on Marian Gaborik on which the Rangers’ indispensable sniper suffered a separated shoulder.

We’re not blaming Boogaard for Dion Phaneuf barreling into Henrik Lundqvist early in the first period, either, though preventing such blatant nonsense was specifically listed as one of No. 94’s most important responsibilities by Glen Sather when the general manager hired hockey’s Primo Carnera as a free agent on July 1.

The idea a fourth-line player—who gets a mere handful of fourth-line shifts a night and who is essentially in the lineup to punch it out with the opposition’s fourth-line heavyweight—can be a deterrent is flawed. The idea this presence will create more skating room for his team’s stars is misguided.

It’s even more misguided when it comes to Boogaard, who is so feared as a puncher that very few of the league’s heavyweights are even willing to drop the gloves against him, and that includes the (almost always) willing Colton Orr, who wanted no part of the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Rangers galoot on Friday.

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