5 or 6 fights a season is hardly too much to ask for I'm just tired of seeing someone pushing our skilled players around after whistles and not having a big guy like Ericsson step in there and challenge the guy doing it.
Hell, if I was playing against the Wings, I'd shove Datsyuk and Zetterberg around all the time, knowing I don't have to back it up with my fists. Ericsson isn't going to scare people like a Probert, but it's still a big guy you'd have to fight against, versus not having to fight anyone for your actions.
But he's a guy who logs 20+ minutes a game. He's not an Engelland, Carkner or McQuaid. If he was their position, playing under 15 minutes a night, then sure... I'd expect him to add something else. In his current position, it makes way more sense to have Ericsson on the ice instead of in the penalty box.
Tootoo is a waste of $1.9 Million and roster spot IMO...hope Holland can swing a trade to be done with him. I know some of you love the fighters and I'm not against the gloves being dropped.
I'd rather see the money and the spot used to upgrade to a better defenseman.
While I agree that Tootoo is expendable, I'd actually prefer to see Samuelsson and Eaves go before him. Sammy has no distinct place on the team that can't be taken by a better or younger player, and at this point Eaves is a lesser skilled, injury prone version of Miller. While I don't think Tootoo has a ton of value, he brings something that neither one of those guys do. I still think it'll be near impossible to get rid of Samuelsson, but in an ideal world I'd move him before Tootoo.
And as far as upgrading defense, I actually don't think it's an issue at all. Every one on defense has a clear role (Kronwall, Ericsson, Kindl, Quincey), or is a young guy with potential (Smith, DeKeyser, Lashoff) looking to establish himself. While we certainly don't have the best defense on paper, I do think it's a very practical corps. They're a very good transition group - Sproul, Ouellet, Jensen, etc. will benefit from those younger guys getting experience now.
Edited by Jesusberg, 22 August 2013 - 02:55 PM.
The most popular choice among the Red Wings as to who would volunteer to play goalie – several Panthers did in their game – was Brendan Smith.
"He's pretty competitive and he seems to be good at everything," Justin Abdelkader said. "He'd volunteer himself."
Babcock was a bit more hesitant about Smith. "Yeah, yeah, just work on getting out of your zone," Babcock said