As an Oilers fan, I have particular reason to dislike this particular player. I don't know the guy so it's unreasonable to say I hate him, but I don't like what he stands for. It was with pleasure that I watched the Oilers snap their futility streak on the PP with him in the box after he failed to goad an Oiler into scrapping with him.
"Boogaard did not return to Minnesota's 3-2 home victory over Calgary
after a second period fight with Eric Godard. Wild coach Jacques
Lemaire said he had a sore hand and couldn't hold his stick."
Does it really matter if he plays with a stick in his hands or not? Career so far: 126 regular season games, 2 goals and 5 assists. Only JF Jacques and I would likely have worse totals with that many at-bats. He couldn't even score in junior (174gp, 3-18-21), and even Dave Semenko and Georges Laraque had hat-tricks in the NHL.
The way to play this guy is to not let him goon you. If he's not fighting or hitting, he's useless, as the Oilers demonstrated a few weeks ago. Easier said than done, of course, although the fact he can barely skate at the NHL level hurts the latter. Unfortunately, he *is* very good at what he does, given the chance.