Edmonton Oilers Need An Enforcer
December 9, 2016
The Edmonton Oilers need a true enforcer to police the ice as Dave Semenko, Dave Brown, Marty McSorely and George Laraque did. Connor McDavid is done defending Brandon Manning for breaking his collar bone but who is defending McDavid?
Following the game, McDavid sounded off.
“You know what, I did all I could defending him last year in the media,” he said. “Everyone wanted to make a big deal saying he did it on purpose. He wanted to say some comments today about what went on last year and I thought it was one of the (most) classless things I’ve ever seen on the ice. He said some things and our guys responded accordingly. I guess we can put the whole if he did it on purpose thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that. Shows what kind of guy he is the way he doesn’t step up and fight some of our guys.”
Manning revealed last season that he received some threats following the hit. McDavid, like he said, didn’t think the collision happened on purpose, calling it an “unlucky play.” But apparently those thoughts are gone now. The Flyers blue liner found himself again defending the year-old collision after their 6-5 win Thursday night.
From the Edmonton Journal:
“One hundred percent not. Anyone who’s seen the clip sees him catch an edge. I would never intentionally hurt someone. Anybody who knows me, knows I play a hard game, that’s the reason I’m in the NHL. I think I play an honest game,” said Manning.
“There was a hit in the first period he didn’t like and for whatever reason, he kept coming at me. He’s not a guy who’s going to fight. He got hurt last year and nobody answered the bell there and guys wanted to go tonight,” said Manning. “He comes out and says that’s the most classless thing he’s ever seen. He comes out in the second period and yells at our bench for a minute and then tells me to get on the ice,” said Manning. “He scores a goal and starts chirping me. I think you see where his focus is right there.”
The biggest problem is that Brandon Manning is nothing more that a cheap shot artist who doesn’t even have the stones to call a spade a spade. The next game between the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers is Feb. 16 in 2017.
If the Edmonton Oilers want to protect their young stars they need a modern day Dave Semenko, Marty McSorley, Dave Brown and George Laraque combined. Nobody touched Wayne Gretzky for a decade thanks to the policing efforts of Dave Semenko Kevin Lowe once said “He was in a class of his own; he didn’t beat guys up, he destroyed them! He employed a combination of sheer strength, sheer power and sheer quickness, but mostly power. He wasted players with just two or three punches.”
Dave Brown just messed people up and actually struck fear into entire teams because he had a temper and was just nasty! Craig MacTavish said “When he was in his prime, I often thought you could pay a cardboard cutout of Dave Brown $100,000 just to let everyone know he was in the building.” When Dave Brown lost his temper it got out of hand real fast as he hit guys when they were down, crosschecked Tomas Sandstrom in the face and threw Jim Kyte such a beating that MacTavish actually jumped in to protect the Calgary Flame from being beaten to death.
Marty McSorley and George Laraque were far better hockey players than Semenko and Brown but neither put the fear of god into the other team and that is something that the Edmonton Oilers have been missing.
Let’s just hope the next time the Edmonton Oilers face the Philadelphia Flyers there will be someone inserted into the lineup to be the policeman on the ice because the fact is, star players can’t score if they are hurt and getting banged up from everyone taking shots and cheap shot alike at them.