Chip Scoggins: Wild's Matt Kassian fights the good fight

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 17, 2012 - 11:38 PM

While embracing the ways of the enforcer, he's not oblivious to the toll the role ultimately took on former Wild bruiser Derek Boogaard.

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bugmenot99Feb. 17, 1210:27 PM

On the brain trauma'll be interesting when we start getting data from MMA fighters...if anyone should develop brain issues, it'd be them and that's been going on for, what, at least 10 years now ? On the Boogie man, I would pick the games I'd attend based on the the probablity of there being a fight that he'd be in...Since the Wild largely suck, I could always say we had the BEST in one area... enforcer. I stopped buying tickets when we let him go, he was the only thing to look forward to and though I didn't know the man I was very sad when he died and my heart aches for his family. Matt Kassian has some big shoes to fill, but so far I like what I see.

misternoallFeb. 17, 1211:08 PM

Boogy was drawn into too many fights period, a time and place exists and a good enforcer should know that. Boogy was a terrific checker, I have never seen someone that size hit like he could. When he was hitting usually that would spark the other teams enforcer on the ice. Example, Chara is coming to town, if he pushes guys around you have to talk to him, if he continues to do it you have to fight, not likely to happen with Chara, just sayin. Mathew has the luxury of learning from the Monsters mistakes

mrblueskyFeb. 18, 12 4:16 AM

I like Kassian, maybe he is worried all the time because there is more to his game than fighting? I mean he is no Wayne Gretsky, but he skates well, checks well, and is in on plays. I would love to have a guy (take note Matt) that could be our enforcer, and also have 10 goals and 15 assists a year. I can see it in the Wild when Kassian is on the bench, and I can see us getting bullied when he is not. Keep working hard Kass, we need you up here in the line up, every single game.

washburnlkFeb. 18, 12 8:50 AM

Well said Bluesky

nofightingFeb. 18, 12 4:33 PM

It's time for the NHL to eliminate fighting. Even if you look past the physical and emotional toll it takes on the enforcers, and that is difficult to do, fighting does nothing for the game. As for strategy or changing momentum, studies by hockey experts have proven that it is useless (PowerScout Hockey research). And the 70's and 80's proved that enforcement doesn't work. Fighting was at its peak with every team employing multiple enforcers and this period of NHL history was its most violent with stick swinging, slew foots and elbows. I have covered these issues in my blog - - and hope to communicate the anti-fighting argument to more fans.

gogogomez6Feb. 18, 12 6:28 PM

Ever seen a hockey fight? Punches usually don't connect and their wearing helmets. To continue to suggest that boogaard brain trauma was cause by hockey fights is rediculous. Not to mention, he was 6 feet 8 inches tall and a good hockey fitter. How on earth does a great hockey fighter, who's 6 feet 8 inches tall get brain trauma from winning hockey fights? Saying brain trauma from hockey fights is an irrational statement. Makes no sense.

nshockeyFeb. 18, 12 7:26 PM

Matt Kassian -I like the guy. We seem to get more respect when he plays and he has more to his game besides being an enforcer (though he's good at it!).

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