Tootoo should be playing, but Babcock doesn't like to play him because he can't kill penalties. Although the team seems to play better with him. I think its time for Holland to knock Babcock off his pedestal and tell him that he needs to ice the best team, not play his vets because they earned it via seniority...
Bench Bert, never play Sammy again and only play Cleary on the 4th line or when there is not a better option. The best players should be on the ice in critical times. Dekeyser is top 2 on this team if not your best, so he and Kronner should have been the ones on the ice at the end, if not Danny, then Smith. To put Sammy out there just because he is right handed is asinine. Playing Sammy on the PP along with Cleary is just stupid. When the kids are out there, they are the ones generating things, making things exciting. How does it make them feel when Babcock tells them to take a seat because they don't have enough "time" in the NHL to be out there? And yes, he does do that. Just because Tootoo isn't the best two way player, he isn't good enough? I know Babcock has a great win loss record, but in recent years the losses have been catching up to the wins and he seems to keep going to the same well over and over again. Time and time again, Sammy has proven that you cannot rely on him to come in a replace an injured player effectively. It's time to stop trying with him.
and for the fragility of this team, YES Ericsson AND Franzen have a history of it. Along with puss-in-boots Helm. Helm is the biggest baby on the team and will miss a game for a hang nail, yes it's true. Franzen's long term problem means that he should not step back on the ice until he is 100% clear or just retire. Ericsson has yet to play an entire season due to his injury issues. Even Dats has been a little more injury prone the last few years, but with age, that is going to happen. He is showing out indefinitely, so they need to go ahead and put him on LTIR so they can call up someone instead of inserting Sammy in the lineup...again, that is a coaching/GM decision and it's time for Holland to start telling Babcock what is what....or get rid of him.
Bring Fedorov Home For A Day!
He Needs To Retire A Red Wing.
When Gordie Leaves Us, the NHL MUST Retire The #9.