I met Aaron Downey late last season in Syracuse when the Griffins came to town.Me and a friend had seats right on the glass.He got kicked out of the game with only a few minutes left and instead of heading to the locker room,he stood outside the tunnel right next to us.Couldn't be a nicer guy.Got a few pictures on my phone.He really is an agitator.The Crunch fans were giving him the business,messing with him because he had recently been sent down to Grand Rapids.One of the fans was REALLY obnoxious and Aaron turns around and he looks at the guys girlfriend and goes "Is he always this loud?God bless your heart if you have to wake up to that s*** every morning."Good times.
In the summer of 2008 after the Wings won the Cup,Jimmy Howard brought the Cup back to his hometown of Ogdensburg,NY.I went up there with a friend and i met him and i got a picture taken of me and him and the Stanley Cup.I'll never forget it
Hudler may not have Helm's hustle or Zetterberg's defense, but he works hard and is above average defensively, neither of which can be said of Bertuzzi. He's also more than a decade younger and a better offensive player. He fits the Wings' system better as well.
Hudler's defensive contribution is not much better than Bert's,but Hudler will do more offensively.Yes,Bertuzzi is a lot bigger,but he doesn't use his size ever so it doesn't even matter.People are saying we need to get younger,well letting Bert walk would be a good start.He's not a horrible player,but with Hudler coming back,he'll probably end up with 3rd line duty,which requires some defense,which Bert lacks majorly.There are better options than Bert.
I think homer could get 3 million per for 2 years if he wanted it, but he's going to have to leave town to do it. We're not going to be able to keep all these guys until they retire. Every year the game keeps getting faster and younger. Homer could easily take another step down again next season. His skating is already so bad, he's mostly a PP guy as it is. Holland is going to have to make some tough decisions. Both Homer and Bert want multi yr deals and both are over 35. He might only be able to get one.
Another year being jammed up against the cap so we can't make any moves at the deadline. Holland must remember, this team isn't a cup winner or runner up. WE lost in the second round in 5 games. We need to improve not be stagnant.
Let Bertuzzi walk.If Holmstrom wants too much,i hate to say it,but let him walk.We need to get younger and faster like you mentioned.Signing a pair of 35+ year olds to multi-year contracts won't do it for us.