He's been "shoved down our throats" because he's been consistently the best player in the league. He had all the pressure in the world put on to him to save a franchise, and he delivered. He scored the gold medal winning goal for Canada. He's won the Stanley Cup.(on the ice at Joe Louis...ouch!) I can see why that pisses people off. Datsyuk was whining last night when he thought a call wasn't made against him. Big deal. Every player does it. Does he do it more than other players? Maybe. So what? Players do what they can to get an advantage. I'm sure no Red Wing has ever dove or faked an injury to try and draw a penalty, EVER.
So all the "outrage" is over one anonymous poll from 5 years ago when he was 21? If that's what gets you worked up, have at it.
The only issue I have with Crosby was him not following the proper handshake protocol after winning the Cup. I think Canadians would have went bats*** crazy if a European player had done the same thing. Otherwise, I just don't like Crosby because he plays for another team and he's good. Nobody really hates players on other teams that suck.
I'm with you on this one... Crosby from 5 years ago I hated because he was diving and whining and acting like an entitled brat. He's matured, he is a far better player now than he was then, and since that concussion took him off the radar, I've cooled off about him. Now, he's just a very good player who is embellishing just as much as the next guy. He's just a better person than he was, that doesn't mean he's in the league of class like Zetterberg, Yzerman and co. Crosby is just another player in the league who is really good, and I just don't get bent out of shape by his antics anymore.
Although, I assume over the next three weeks though, I will be hating him all over again.
Fact is, we have no talent. You can't plug 3rd and 4th liners on the top lines and expect it to work, as the 3 goals in last 4 games illustrates.
Guys like Nyquist and Tatar are future solid 3rd liners, but let's face it, they're no superstars. The only prospect that has superstar potential is Mantha.
Even if we let all the old guys go in the off season, I don't see us doing much better next season. It will be a mix between declining vets and 3rd line kids....
Don't know how we are gonna get better anytime soon.
Guys like Nyquist and Tatar are close to scoring 20 goals this season. Nyquist as a top liner has more goals than Zetterberg in fewer games. I'm not saying they're future superstars like Zetterberg/Datsyuk, but they're going to be really good players for many years. We need to have a top line though, Nyquist-Franzen-Alfie are second line guys right now.
This team is working hard, doing good things but has no finish. When you get good chances you need to finish them, that's why we're in the spot we are. The players are a part of the issue, but next year they will all be better. We need leadership from guys who can get the job done offensively, and those guys are injured. We have a seriously good team when healthy, easily top 3 in the division. I'm looking forward to our future team, cause these guys are fun to watch.
What a game! It was tons of fun watching the defensive battle. Hate Healy though... he's worse than pierre by far. He was whining about the penalties against Canada, even though all the penalties were legit for both sides.
of the (up to) 7 games the USA will play; 4 are elimination. Miller will likely be the #1, Quick #2, Howard doesn't have the starpower of the other two and will likely play only if Miller or Quick fail to play well.