ParkerMarch 10 2006 at 7:58 AM
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He isn't there yet and who knows if he ever will be. If he does play, you can be guaranteed they are bringing him up for one purpose and that's to play a role for which they don't feel anyone else is expendable. The guy isn't there to score goals so look for Parker to be trying to take out some of our top players with agitator type tactics. If he can pester Hunter or Drazenovic and get them off their games, he will. If he plants himself in front of our net and can get a guy like Featherstone to take penalties trying to move him or get into a scrap, he will. Hay knows who's doing the Gnats damage and if he can take them out of the game it will help his cause. Personally, at the first sign of any stunts, I'd sic Fuller on him and let him show Parker what's what. As tough as Parker is, his clutch and jab style of fighting wouldn't size up to Fuller, who's proven he can throw 'em with some pretty tough customers. I wouldn't expend Zimmer's energies on that role. Not that Fuller isn't valuable to us but Zim certainly plays a bigger role with our team right now. I know him and Parker are long time buddies but I don't question Zimmer's desire to push/pull the Cougars to the next round.
As for the Cougars v.s. Gnats match up in the playoffs, as optimistic as I am, I still say that nothing is written in stone yet. The Cougars have a game tonight and need to focus on that job first and foremost, and let the (playoff) chips fall where they may. Even if that series does come up, our regular season domination of the Gnats is nothing but a psychological edge, if exploited as such. Being too confident can be as damaging as not confident enough. The Cats know they can beat them but need to remember that this would be a whole new season and must play it accordingly. It would still be a question of who can take it up a notch and play at that next level of intensity. Something to think about after March 19th.
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