Any and every time I fantasize about blockbuster Red Wings trades, Abdelkader never really factors in. Not because I don't think any team would want him, but because I wouldn't want to give him up. It's a combination of him being good and the fact that we really don't have another guy like him. He's not one of a kind and sensational; there are other guys like him in the league. Some teams have more than one Abdelkader. But we only have one. So I feel he's very valuable to this team. He's the only guy who consistently mucks it up, gets his nose really dirty, crashes and bangs. And he's been generating chances for us lately, because he does what he does well.
THIS IS OUR ABDELKADER! THERE ARE MANY LIKE HIM BUT THIS ONE IS OURS!
Franzen is a shell of his former self, and will not ever be the same again
we will see flashes from time to time, but I think it's far too late to expect him to start producing offense at a consistent level
if he doesn't get the hint from Z's recent comment, or Babs putting him at center to FORCE him to be more engaged on the ice, then he never will(spoiler- he won't)
it reminds me of when the Oilers GM was complaining about Dustin Penner's lackadaisical play after he got his ridiculous contract, and he said something along the lines of, "Penner saw getting this contract as an end point, and he should've seen it as a starting point"
that's how I feel Franzen looks at his contract and how much effort he thinks he needs to put in, it's like he's thinking, "Hey I worked hard to get this awesome lifetime contract, now it's time to sit back and watch the money pile up"
ok maybe that's a bit much, but y'all get my point; he doesn't feel he has much to play for, he's won a Cup, he's got his money, to him the rest is gravy
and the difference between Z's contract and Franzen's contract is Z has passion for the game and loves to go out there and compete and be the best player on the ice, Franzen does not have that passion, except maybe in little tiny bursts
How are they looking? Didn't realize the stupid NHL network was showing the game, so I can't watch it on Gamecenter.
yeah me neither, I freakin' hate that even if you get Gamecenter you still can't watch all the games unless you also have 2 other services(NBCSN and NHL Network)- it's a bunch of crap; plus, it sucks for all of us w/o NHL Network since they've decided to show 14 Wings games this year, that's about 1/6 of the season we can't see....