The New Jersey Devils announced today that they have placed veteran tough guy Cam Janssen on waivers. A rugged enforcer, Janssen is in his 8th NHL season who normally plays under 5 minutes a night. He’s not there to score goals. He’s not there to make plays. He’s not there to look pretty. He’s there to intimidate. Which is what the Stars are lacking.
If we go back to days lost long ago of “old time” hockey, every team had a tough guy. Some had two or three but there was at least one on every team. Perhaps that mentality has gone a little bit the way of the do-do bird recently but it’s something the Stars lack. Someone with that much grit and intensity can spark up a team in their lowest moments. Lord knows how many games have had their momentum turned due to a big hit or a big fight.
The other teams in the league probably look at Dallas as soft. Yes there’s Fiddler and Larsen but there is no one that will jump in on a hit to Benn, Whitney or even Jagr better then Janssen will. He’s there for protection. The 25 year old has only played in three games this season and was a healthy scratch on Tuesday night’s loss to Montreal. This recent 4 game losing streak would be the perfect time to light a fire to the team.
It will be interesting to see if Dallas goes anywhere near any of the players who were recently placed on waivers. As for Janssen, his fate lies in another team’s hands or down in the AHL.
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