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08:25 AM ET 08.22 | Unsurprisingly, 6-foot-4, 214-pound heavyweight Eric Godard believes in hockey's role of the enforcer. Godard, who agreed to a two-year contract with the Stars in early July, had seven scraps last year with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He figures to be challenged even more in the Western Conference. "It seems pretty active. There's (George) Parros, (Kevin) Westgarth, (Paul) Bissonette so I should be busy. I haven't been too busy the past couple of years. Not too many games, so I'm excited to have a chance to get some more games." ... He likes today's NHL, where just making the playoffs turns a team into a Stanley Cup contender. "I watched Vancouver and Boston play, who are both good teams, but I feel we could have beat them."

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August 22, 2011  08:43 AM ET

A thread created for our very own 'Puttin on the foil'!

August 22, 2011  09:35 AM ET

I never really saw Goddard as being an "enforcer." He got into some fights, but not that many and I don't think many were all that noteworthy.

August 22, 2011  09:59 AM ET

Some spunk is always appreciated here in the Great State.

There are those around here that still miss Shane Churla.

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August 22, 2011  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I never really saw Goddard as being an "enforcer." He got into some fights, but not that many and I don't think many were all that noteworthy.

What is your ideal enforcer then? Godard dressed for the tough games and stood up for teammates regardless of the fine (think Rosehill running Crosby against Toronto and Johnson in NY). In my opinion Goddard had some really good bouts while in Pittsburgh. Don't know about last year, but it wasn't long ago when Godard was a top 5 scrapper in the league.

August 22, 2011  10:39 AM ET
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What is your ideal enforcer then? Godard dressed for the tough games and stood up for teammates regardless of the fine (think Rosehill running Crosby against Toronto and Johnson in NY). In my opinion Goddard had some really good bouts while in Pittsburgh. Don't know about last year, but it wasn't long ago when Godard was a top 5 scrapper in the league.

Absolutely agree. Another example was Godard putting Scott Hartnell in his place his first season with the Pens. The first couple years of Crosby and Malkin, Hartnell would constantly target those guys, especially after the whistle with face washes and starting scrums. After Godard went after him and wouldn't let go while on top of him, talking to Hartnell the whole time, Hartnell calmed down some in his harrassment of the Pens skill guys after that.

http://www.hockeyfights.com/fights/53544

August 22, 2011  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

A thread created for our very own 'Puttin on the foil'!

It's nice to see the interns reaching out to us on an individual level.

August 22, 2011  11:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

What is your ideal enforcer then? Godard dressed for the tough games and stood up for teammates regardless of the fine (think Rosehill running Crosby against Toronto and Johnson in NY). In my opinion Goddard had some really good bouts while in Pittsburgh. Don't know about last year, but it wasn't long ago when Godard was a top 5 scrapper in the league.

His best fights were behind him. He did take on Gilis a few times last year which probably helped out. I dunno he just didn't impress me as an intimidating figure on the ice. I dunno maybe its just me.

August 22, 2011  12:09 PM ET

He turned into dead weight. Rarely played, benched for the playoffs...
Engelland stepped up for some big fights too. I wish Godzilla the best, don't blame him for wanting to play more. I think Big Mac will make us forget about him pretty fast.

August 22, 2011  12:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

He turned into dead weight. Rarely played, benched for the playoffs...Engelland stepped up for some big fights too. I wish Godzilla the best, don't blame him for wanting to play more. I think Big Mac will make us forget about him pretty fast.

Engelland seemed to be more of the enforcer than Godard.

August 22, 2011  01:14 PM ET
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Engelland seemed to be more of the enforcer than Godard.

Engelland certainly stepped up into the heavies with his destruction of Orr and Shelley. Hopefully next year he will get a shot at Gillies, if Gillies doesn't start throwin' em from behind him first.

August 22, 2011  01:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

It's nice to see the interns reaching out to us on an individual level.

Wonderful that means a Leafs plan SC parade thread for Argo soon

August 22, 2011  01:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Wonderful that means a Leafs plan SC parade thread for Argo soon

We won't get that thread until the Leafs win their first pre-season game ;)

August 22, 2011  01:30 PM ET
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Hopefully next year he will get a shot at Gillies, if Gillies doesn't start throwin' em from behind him first.

But if he doesn't, what else will the Islanders use for highlights at the end of the season?

August 22, 2011  01:31 PM ET

Always liked Godzilla and wish him nothing but the best. He always did what the Penguins asked of him...and that included sitting out of a lot of games...without complaint. He is the consummate team player. Best of luck Eric.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPvVqNzMV68&NR=1[/youtube]

August 22, 2011  01:31 PM ET
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Engelland certainly stepped up into the heavies with his destruction of Orr and Shelley. Hopefully next year he will get a shot at Gillies, if Gillies doesn't start throwin' em from behind him first.

Gillies wouldn't know a fair fight if it came up and bit him on the arse.

August 22, 2011  01:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Always liked Godzilla and wish him nothing but the best. He always did what the Penguins asked of him...and that included sitting out of a lot of games...without complaint. He is the consummate team player. Best of luck Eric. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPvVqNzMV68&NR=1[/youtube]

Ditto that LGP. Not only did he do his job without complaint on the ice, he was big contributor in community affairs too. You may also remember he won the Players Player award at the end of his first season with the Pens. Obviously was well respected and appreciated my his mates.

August 22, 2011  01:40 PM ET
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Gillies wouldn't know a fair fight if it came up and bit him on the arse.

The guy is a tool. Doesn't belong in the NHL, period.

August 22, 2011  02:01 PM ET
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The guy is a tool. Doesn't belong in the NHL, period.

That's the problem none of them do. Bring back the policeman get rid of the 'Enforcer'

 
August 22, 2011  02:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Ditto that LGP. Not only did he do his job without complaint on the ice, he was big contributor in community affairs too. You may also remember he won the Players Player award at the end of his first season with the Pens. Obviously was well respected and appreciated my his mates.

True dat. And you never heard anything negative said about him.

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