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#1998812 The Next Wave

Posted by Chunkylover on 12 June 2010 - 09:40 PM

What interest/concerns me most is whether Datsyuk and Zetterberg can pass off what they learned from Yzerman, Hull, et al to the next wave. That is what is most important. Sure D and Z had talent before they came here, but so did guys like Patrick Stefan and Alexandre Daigle. Unfortunately for the latter they did not learn the game from Hall of Famers like the late-round also rans we have here in Detroit.

Datsyuk can barely speak English, though he's probably better than he lets on, but unless we gets some young Russians he will be limited in his ability to teach the kids. Zetterberg can speak well, and he certainly has the personal dedication to excellence, but I wonder sometimes if he has what it takes to lead like Yzerman and Lidstrom. Perhaps I'm holding him to too high a standard at this point, but sometimes he seems bored with life, especially during interviews, and I wonder how he is in the locker room.

We all know how Hull really took Datsyuk under his wing, and there was a real nurturing of the younger by the older. Watching them on the bench I really got the impression that Hull cared about Pavel's development, and that Pavel really looked up to and respected Brett. That's the kind of leadership we'll need here to keep this party going.

#1969179 2010 Round 2 Photoshop War: San Jose Sharks

Posted by Chunkylover on 01 May 2010 - 10:37 PM

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You forgot the pride of Collier County, Ray Finkle.

#1913925 leino scores in first game as a flyer

Posted by Chunkylover on 11 March 2010 - 03:24 PM

skip to around 6:20. its a nice goal, good for ville, didnt see any of that in detroit this season.

Actually isn't this exactly what we saw from him: a great goal in his first game? Nothing against him, but for his own sake he needs to work harder to make sure he doesn't have the same slump afterward.

With the Flyer's no. But if he gets traded to Pittsburgh or Vancouver and gets to play with Crosby or the Sedins then he'll explode. Just goes to show that any decision made by Detroit management is completely stupid.

Kind of extreme statement there. It was Leino or Franzen, right? The writing was on the wall for Ville; he'd had his chances here and couldn't make it happen. To be fair, no one on the team was doing well either, but If he'd been willing to stay in North America, if not the NHL, he'd still be in Michigan at least.

#1570694 Westward, ho!

Posted by Chunkylover on 10 March 2009 - 11:47 AM

I saw someone mention before that the Wings have some sort of agreement with the league to move east before Columbus, even though CBJ is further east than Detroit.

I'm not sure I really want them to move to the Eastern Conference though. I think they'd be more likely to sink down to the level of the Eastern teams rather than maintain the high level they have from being constantly challenged in the West.