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Ruff invites anyone who dares to fight Jamie Benn

Apr 27, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT

Corey Perry, Cam Fowler, Nick Bonino, Jamie Benn Corey Perry, Cam Fowler, Nick Bonino, Jamie Benn

Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff offered a lengthy and overwhelming positive assessment of captain Jamie Benn, but he didn’t just focus on what the 34-goal scorer can do with the puck.

“I’d invite any one of those guys to scrap him and see how they make out, because he’s tough and I’ve seen him go,” Ruff said, per the Dallas Morning News.

“So if they want to push him past the edge, bring it on, because he’s the type of guy who will back any one of his teammates and back himself. And it’s a real back-up, it isn’t a tuck, drop and roll.

“You’ll come out bloodied. The two fights I’ve seen, both guys have come out bloodied. He doesn’t do it often, he doesn’t do it for show. He does it for himself, and he does it for his teammates.”

Dallas will play against Anaheim in Game 6 tonight and the Stars are one loss away from elimination. Benn, who was speared by Corey Perry earlier in the series, has been credited with nine hits and, more importantly, is tied for the NHL lead with four playoff goals.

The Stars will be counting on him to continue to make big contributions with their backs against the wall. And perhaps that will involve getting into a scrap before the night’s done.

  1. Wineshard - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    One of my favourite players. Just check out the Benn-Iginla fight to attest to Ruff’s comments. Not sure what context he is bringing it up for though?

  2. sjsharks66 - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    great fight, Thornton not bloodied though.

    • rbbbaron - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      as an aside, Dal has the best color commentator in the league

      • r8rbhawk - Apr 27, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        I really do like Daryl Reaugh. When VS (NBCSN) would pair him with Jon Forslund in the playoffs, they were a really good pair. Almost as good as Gary Thorne and Bill Clement

    • thesportsjudge - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      I’m assuming since he only coached Benn this season, and Benn had 2 regular season fights, those were his reference, not the one you posted from the lockout shortened season LAST year.

      • edinatherealhockeytownusa - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        Gary Thorne was the play-by-play guy this year for the Minnesota HS hockey state tournament this year. It was epic, too bad it was only for the 50th anniversary of Lou Nanne broadcasting the tournament. Yes Nanne was doing it while he was a player and GM or the North Stars. Pretty cool, as a die hard hockey fan. Apparantly it was on Thorne’s “bucket list”

    • titansrbeast - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM

      Yeah Joe had a REAL tough time there. Everyone watch out for Jamie Benn, he’s SCARY!!!

      LOL. Like the Ducks are going to affected by that?? I don’t care who wins that series but just for Lindy Ruff saying that I kind of wish someone would pop 14.

      • titansrbeast - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        And yes I know Jamie Benn is a beast of a player.

  3. 19to77 - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Benn is a beast of a player. Reminds me of Iginla when he was younger, though he doesn’t have quite the same scoring touch yet. Fantastic player regardless. Great guy to build a team around, and his play style is perfectly geared for the playoffs. I’d take him on the Avs in a heartbeat if I could. The guy is a warrior.

  4. mc321984 - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Yes thorton win that. Sorry Lindy

  5. areaman714 - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Maroon already challenged him this series. Jamie cowed.

  6. kicksave1980 - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Areaman- of course he “cowered”. He only had 50 more points than Maroon this year, why would he make that exchange?

    • areaman714 - Apr 27, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      So. The only person Getzy should fight us Ovechkin?

  7. soundsofsuccess7 - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:52 PM


    The game was over, if Benn is supposedly such a tough guy and capable of fighting then answer the call. The Stars had attempted to get Perry to go all game and Perry went, Benn should’ve gone in that situation.

  8. cybernetikghost - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Benn probably isn’t going to entertain every offer and he certainly isn’t going to win every fight, but he is a scorer that doesn’t need an enforcer to fight his battles for him. He probably didn’t beat Thornton because Thornton has been playing that role a helluva lot longer then Benn has.

  9. dontbsuchapuss - Apr 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Who caress the stars are done anyway good for benn how about you just try to put the puck in the net instead of worrying about your so called manhood

    • einjzmolf - Apr 27, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      The coach was merely answering a question and complimenting his captain’s toughness, and will to battle for his team. Not telling him to go out and goon it up tonight.

  10. sjsharks66 - Apr 27, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    I think Benn could win a fight against everyone on the Ducks except Maroon and Getzlaf. Mainly just because the size difference.

  11. withseidelinn - Apr 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    THAT is character. This guy gets it. None of this David Clarkson “character” type crap. Benn brings it 110% every night and will do whatever it takes to win. You can’t put a price on that. Coming from a Toronto fan as well.

  12. rancidpunx19 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Sorry Lindy, but Looch would break his jaw

  13. rancidpunx19 - Apr 28, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Sorry Lindy, but Looch would break his jaw anytime

  14. c9castine - Apr 28, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    if the dallas stars have any consolation from the goligoski for niskanen/neal trade, its that they kept Benn instead of Neal. pretty equal throughout their careers in offensive production, but Benn is the leader and presence that dallas was sorely missing. (seguin is important too)

    neal never could have played that role like that. and hey, trade still very uneven but Gogo played great hockey second half of the year too.

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