In several forums and threads in the Wings universe, I continue to read the 'Wings trust vets' mantra, it repeats blindly and continuously like a broken record. But are we really comparing the vets of today's Wings with the vets of past? When looking at today's vets of Bert, Sammy, Cleary, Weiss... are they the same caliber of Hossa, Robitaille and Hull, Larionov, Holmstrom? Just because someone has a plethora of experience doesn't mean they are best suited for the job. Our vets of Bert, Sammy, Cleary, Weiss are spare parts picked up from the junk yard. I have firmly believed from day one that Bertuzzi is an albatross to the organization, and the hockey gods will never let us win the Cup for his neck breaking shenanigans, for the same reason the hockey gods have not forgiven Montreal for the Rocket dropping the Cup on the ice during their last celebration (skip to :50 seconds). The hockey gods do not forget.
Is comparing the veteran experience of our Grind Line, which had years of chemistry and Stanley Cups together, the same as comparing a line of Bert, Sammy, Weiss, Cleary, and saying these vets get it done? Sure a couple of them were on the Cup winning team... 5 years ago when they still had some step to them, but they were 3rd line players to start with. They are simply not the vets we are looking for, and the love affair Holland has with Bert and Cleary is mind boggling.
When I look at the previous rosters, our defense corps consisted of 4 defenseman that could all one time the puck (Lids, Rafalski, Stuart, Kronwall), now we only have one. We have only one scoring defensman that at one time was our 2nd line enforcer, and we have zero ability to one time a shot from the blue line. But that's a topic for another thread.
No matter how much Holland and Babs want to believe, or how hard the close their eyes and wish it so, or how much cheese they throw our way...the rag tag bunch of retreads Holland continues to assemble aren't the vets we're looking for.
So when I hear that line of 'Red Wings rely on Vets', ...this is what comes to mind.
and not this: