Justin Abdelkader: The fury now rests nearly solely on your shoulders ó or, more specifically, your fists.
Itís not like Mike Commodore was playing much anyway, but with his trade to Tampa Bay for a ham sandwich, you Mr. Justin Abdel of Kader are the last role player Mike Babcock has to sacrifice to the five-minute major in the name of mixing things up. Sure, others will fight, but youíve become the Red Wingsí last real fighter.
The value provided doesnít go unnoticed. Your fight on Saturday with the Red Wings down 4-1 was talked about by many in the sacred section 223. The two old men in row seven who complained about literally everything the entire game were adamant after the Red Wings cut the lead to one that it was your face getting bashed in by Ryan Wilson that inspired the rest of the team to score two goals in the final seven minutes of play.
But you canít fire up the team with your strong chin forever. With this new role, eventually youíre going to have to stay on your feet and land a few combinations. Hockeyfights.com has the Abdelkader fight card at 2-4 this season, with both victories coming over Maxim Lapierre*. And after witnessing the Wilson fight live and repeatedly watching numerous replays of the felonious assault that Ryan Clowe dished out, I can see why.
You could use some help.
Interesting article explaining why Abdelkader sucks at fighting. Hopefully he reads it.