Yeah but do you see those guys on our team right now that dig in corners intimidating anyone with their digging?!
This statement is right on. "Grit" is a more sustained and much more valuable thing. It goes along with heart, drive and timing. Ideally, every player plays this way throughout the game. I think that's why even as a puck-possession team, our guys (mostly) do NOT give up the puck even when they're pounded on. And when they do dig in the corners and do whatEVER's necessary to hang on to the puck, they are such fun to watch. Cleary's another example of this. He will not give up; he won't back off even if he's NOT a fighter.
No, you can argue definitions all you want but Detroit doesn't have that guy who can go out there on forward and really change momentum with a big hit game in and game out. Helm and Abby can hit, but they dont really do it that often. Having a guy like Clutterbuck would really help this team, he swings the momentum of games because he is always hitting everything that moves and it does make the defence want to give up the puck earlier.
Eaves is a very good bottom line guy but he doesn't hit hard really, Miller does nothing of note out there, Helm and Abby hit on occasion when they feel like it and Cleary can throw his weight a bit too. But Detroit lacks that one guy who is a heat seeking missile out there looking to crush anything that moves, these players really get the other teams defence worrying when they are on the ice.
Digging in the corners is great and we can argue the definition of grit, but are you really that dense to say that digging in corners is as gritty as a guy who does dig in corners AND throws big hits and will scrap on occasion? Detroit fans are used to sitting here and saying oh our team can take alot of hitting and cheap stuff against us so we're tough. Why not be able to do that AND dish it out?
I swear there are a lot on this website that started watching the wings when they became very European right around the lock out and if the wings adopted a different style of play they would not be fans anymore...