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.
Not sure. I was like 11 then. Would make sense, since the Wings got embarrassed in the Finals and were likely willing to explore options to put themselves over the edge. They might have figured Fedorov was the future of the franchise and was ready to take over for Yzerman. Yashin would have been a lot younger than Yzerman and was another Russian. Like I said, I don't remember, but I can see the thinking there at the time.
The state nerds you know that new TSN guys who seem to provide nothing else, than stupid tables filled with math stuff instead of easy to understand (Goals, Assists, Point Totals) things. I mean, everyone can sit in the basement and play around with excel sheets they didn't need to hire someone for that.
TSN just posted a radio segment discussing the diminishing role of the enforcer.
They point to analytics and then fail to reasonably connect the two in any way.
What I want from my 3rd/4th lines...
Dump the puck in deep...Nail the opposing Dmen, and create those 'dirty' chances down low...Crash the net - give the opposing netminder nightmares...Intimidate the opposition with physical play, and create space.
I'm not asking for players who drop the gloves at every chance they get, but only if it's called for - then so be it - as long as it's not just for show, or a staged fight...That I can do without.
Oh, enforcers are better at some other part of the game than our fourth line? What's that? Fighting?
Well that doesn't sound like circular logic at all does it? We should sign a fighter because they're better at fighting than non-fighters. Smart.
Unless you weren't talking about fighting. Which part of the game are enforcers better at again? Taking penalties?
If the mass waiving of goons like Orr and McLaren this offseason wasn't already an indication that having enforcers no your roster is retarded, wait until the end of the season and see how Calgary did with their enforcer fourth line. We already know it will give Krys Barch a boner, but outside of that I suspect that the team will stink and the line itself will be putrid statistically.
But here's the kicker. That's what Burke wants. He want a s***ty team so he can draft McDavid. And while his team is s***ty, he'd like to sell some tickets, so he goons it up. This isn't a strategy to be a good team. It's a marketing ploy to be a bad team but still excite dummies like Krys Barch. Apparently it worked.
There are plenty of players in the league who can contribute on any teams' 4th line that aren't strictly 'goons', or 'enforcers'...We had one last season in Tootoo.
Babcock has a standard, and if it's apparent that the player doesn't meet it - he won't play, but yet it does not mean he's useless by other teams' standards.
This was my point from the get go - however you wish to turn it into a 'enforcer' debate.
I'm sure Drew Miller would prefer to play against Krys Barch 82 games a year too. Who wouldn't want to line up across from a guy who can barely skate and only has a rudimentary understanding of how to actually play the game of hockey?
Glendening and Andersson? Yes, yes they do.
Well - being 12th in the league while on the pk is respectable...I'll give you that.