I'm 44.....Married with 3 little boys.....Right now I'm in a t-shirt, and boxer shorts watching the Wings game.....There is no ritual for me - just dealing with day-to-day stuff until the puck drops, and then - if I'm lucky - I can plop my fat butt on the couch, and watch some hockey
We're certainly not as physical as Boston. Good thing we don't play them 82 times every season. Also, I don't think Franzen is as big a pattycake as everyone makes him out to be. He battled along the walls all the time. Babcock wouldn't play him as much as he does if Franzen didn't.
I dunno.....Maybe it's the scotch I'm usually enjoying in the evening hours when I watch hockey.....Franzen doesn't look like he's giving 100% a good portion of the night, and he seems to be getting pushed, or knocked down along the boards more often than not.
It's been said numerous times before...Babs is more or less forced to give the Mule top 6 ice time since there's few options...I'd much rather see the young guys get more ice time.
It just seems so hard to believe that there was a time that Yzerman was considered a guy who was a good player, but couldn't lead his team through the playoffs. I was only 14 at the time so I really didnt look at things with the perspective I do now, I can only imagine the frustration in '96 amongst management losing in the playoffs after the record setting season they had. Luckily they stuck with him and were rewarded with 3 cups in the next 6 seasons.
To be honest - I believe Mike & Marian Ilitch had alot of sway when it came down to it...They drafted Stevie, and wanted him to stay in Detroit...Glad they did.