We replaced Brian Rafalski with a player who, even in a career year, is arguably not as good as Rafalski.
Besides the point that you don't really ever replace a talent like Rafalski, White is having a great season and consider this: Ian White has a $3M cap hit, Rafalski was $6M. I'd say if White was making $6M you might have an argument here.
Our other addition is a borderline 6th defenseman, who is a terrible fighter and and even more terrible skater in Commodore.
Commodore is our 7th Dman, and has been playing solid and simple hockey. For a 7th Dman you cannot ask for more. His only game with a minus record was a -1 against CBJ (he wasnt even a minus player during the pre-all star weekend MTL debacle, and he played over 14 minutes that game - his highest TOI in a game this season)
Zetterberg is playing like he's 40
Hank is having an off season, Ive noticed his speed is lacking but he is still strong as ever on the puck. He leads
the team in shots, but they just aren't going in for him right now. I think his last 2 games Hank really turned up the intensity and I'd be very surprised if he wasn't ready to compete during the playoffs. If this is a glimpse of Z at 40 years old then we should all be very thankful.
Bertuzzi is not a top six forward
Bertuzzi has the 6th most points on the team out of our forward lineup, I don't know how you define 'top six' but to me this is one way. Not to mention he has been playing with great chemistry on the line with Pav and Mule. I say keep him in the top 6 lineup, it's working for Bert.
our bottom six forwards have the least potential for offense of any Wings team in 15 years
Helm, Abdelkader, Miller, Mursak, Eaves, Nyquist, Emmerton, and Conner? Ive been seeing some amazing talent and potential from our bottom pool of forwards, infact I think we are deeper than we have ever been in 15 years and our forward prospects are swimming in potential! I don't know what games you've been watching.
our backup goalie may be the worst goalie in the league right now.
Yeah, but Howard is top 5 in the league. JMac has been solid for us the last few games with Howard out too so I see no need to panic over Conklin's shortcomings.
Cleary, Helm, Holmstrom have all regressed.
Cleary - arguably. although I remember ken and mick said cleary has been suffering from an injury for the last while.
Helm - no.
Homer - 5on5: perhaps, special teams: no
Ericsson is as horrible as ever.
Ericsson is actually showing a lot of confidence out there and I think hes improving with every game, hes +16 right now which is a record pace for him. Hardly as horrible as ever.
Remember, we won the cup with Lebda in the lineup in 08. Is Ericsson worse than Lebda?
Edited by AceInTheSleeve, 09 February 2012 - 10:00 PM.