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The Worst Regular In A New City

In January I picked Brad Staubitz then of the Minnesota Wild as the worst regular in the NHL.  At that time he had 41 games played with few minutes, no points and only fights to show for his presence.  Since then he was placed on waivers by the Wild and claimed by the Montreal Canadiens.  Staubitz keeps playing regularly in Montreal.  He is up to 56 games played with no points scored.  He has the worst rate stat Corsi rating this season at -26.29 Corsi events per 60 minutes of even strength playing time.  He plays against weak competition in few minutes per game.  He doesn’t score and he doesn’t prevent his opponents from scoring.  Why is he in the NHL?  Why is another team giving him regular playing time?  The answer is clearly because he fights.  Players who fight but provide no hockey value to their team do not belong in the NHL.  That is not to say that I am against fighting in general, but I am against brad Staubitz being in the NHL.  He isn’t a good enough hockey player to be there.  He is a player who never scored more than six goals a season in the OHL.  Surely somebody could be found who would do more to help his team win a hockey game filling his role.

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Staubitz bring some toughness and a mouth to a team of smurfs who gets intimidated by bigger teams. he doesn’t have to send a fax (like laracque) , an invitation or a tap on the sholder to his opponent for a fight. He justs drops the gloves and goes at it. i think he will get a contract for next year too.

Posted by louis4life from montreal on 03/25/12 at 03:21 PM ET

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You’re probably right… I guess it shows how bad the Habs are that he’s been a positive addition.

A Rupp, Prust, Simmonds or Neil would be ideal, but as these guys aren’t available…

Posted by Marc10 on 03/25/12 at 08:21 PM ET

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It’s not his fists, it’s his heart that keeps him in the NHL.

He’s a leader in the locker room.

He gives his team a spark when they need it.

Without him in the lineup, other teams would take runs at <insert top-line forward>.

Why do you hate the Habs so much?

Have you ever even seen a hockey game?

Posted by SteMaturin on 03/29/12 at 12:54 PM ET

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Staubitz plays hard and sticks up for his team mates and will fight anyone.  Hey he even scored an empty netter last game of the year. He is good in the dressing room and can be had for cheap.  He’ll probably be resigned for toughness.

Posted by ricko111 from Canada on 04/13/12 at 02:15 AM ET

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