Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/23/13
Looking like a hunter stalking prey Radko Gudas lined up Minnesota’s Kyle Brodziak and delivered a text book hip check sending Brodziak head-over-heels into the side boards. The play elicited a roar from the crowd and a retaliation penalty from Wild defenseman Marco Scandella. When executed properly the hip check is a lost art form capable of giving a lift to the bench and forcing opposing players to be on alert and keep their heads up. Gudas might be the best around right now at doing just that. “He picks his spots his timing is down and sometimes he does put himself out of control but he is one of those guys that has an innate ability to know when you are coming” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “It’s not going to be long until everybody in the league realizes when he is on the ice. And that’s one of those guys that you are really happy is on your bench and not the other.’’ That imposing physical element used to be the only part of Gudas’ game he liked to play. The 6-foot 20...
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