As I've said before several times, I'm confused as to what our current identity is and what it will be in the future.
For a long time, this team has been built on puck possession and skill. It started from having great defensemen who could make terrific breakout passes, and top two forward lines with tremendous skill. I don't think we're that good anymore, especially on the blueline to play this style effectively.
At the same time, there's another way to succeed. Hot goaltending mixed with solid defense, and a tight checking game that wears teams down. Needless to say, we don't have that either.
I think this team will be average all season because we're not good enough go glide past teams anymore, and don't work hard enough to outwork anyone either.
I have no clue what the future pool of prospects will amount to, in regards to what kind of hockey the Wings will play in the future. Do we have enough skill to be a great puck possession team down the line? Are we tough enough and solid enough defensively to win games that way in the future?
There is a code, but it often gets broken, even by tough guys.
Fact is, if I was coaching Chicago, I would instruct every fighter on my team to try and engage Torres as often as possible during the game. Same thing next game. Don't know if I'd instruct anyone to "paralyze" him, but I'd by no means lay off him just because he fought last night.
Make it a recurring thing for Torres to fight. He's a sack of garbage who has hardly learned his lesson based on how many times he's been suspended. I hate Hossa, but that's what I think about this type of incident.
Yea because thats what the real tough guys of the league do. Beating a guy up while he is laying on the ground is the manly thing to do...ask all the tough guys in the league i'm sure they would agree with you
But Franzen is not a tough guy, so it'd be OK if he did it.
And if you want to say well right now Howard's stats aren't good and he's playing without LIdstrom for the first time, I can find 10 game segments of Brodeur, Sawchuck, Roy, Hasek having worse stats then Howard.
Like I said, Howard is taken for granted here, he's not elite, but really Lundqvist, Rinne, and to an extent Luongo are the only goalies that are statistically elite for more than one year. And each of those goalies have had their struggles behind a crap defense.
Sure, when Sawchuk played, goalies put up worse numbers than Manny Legace. Different era. Same with Hasek, Brodeur and Roy upon first entering the league. Back then, a save percentage of .900 was considered good.
And Howard started his career playing behind the best top 4 defensemen in the league. Not many goalies can say that. His numbers will come back down now that he's playing behind an average NHL team. You know, kind of like most teams.
Not sure why you mentioned Bryzgalov? Probably because he's the only goalie Howard can beat in a playoff series. Nobody thinks he's elite.