I think Quincey's been pretty good lately. Not great or stellar, but solid. Aside from some of the penalties he takes I don't think he's the detriment people make him out to be. Do I wish he contributed more offensively? Sure, but he's not at the top of my list of defensive worries. Kindl on the other hand is infuriating.
Legwand had the GWG in an enormous game last night, Legwand broke up what likely could have been a goal late in the 2nd period just now. Legwand got called for a "high stick" that they didn't show the replay on because it was likely extremely weak. Legwand leads this team in points right now.
Let's settle down on the senseless Legwand bashing post after post, opinions have been made well known, repeating it in a different context over and over gets old.
I understand he probably wanted to focus on his main duties while getting to the NHL, but once you're there that doesn't mean you can stop trying to improve. I'll ask these again since I haven't gotten a response:
Would it be OK if Tatar quit working on his defensive game right now?
Would it be OK if Smith keeps making bonehead plays, or should he be expected to work on his game and improve?
Would it have been OK if Ericsson kept blasting 50% of his slapshots directly into the defenders shin pads, resulting is breakaways and odd man rushes the other way?
You haven't gotten a response because they are ludicrous questions. Of course nobody is going to say anyone on any team should stop working on weaknesses in their game. What credible evidence do you have that Jimmy hasn't worked on his puck handling? Just because you don't see a noticeable improvement does not mean he has not worked on it. Maybe he hasn't, I don't know, but I'm not sure you are basing your statement off anything other than your opinoin.
If a playeris injured, I don't think you can buy them out. I Bet he knows there is a good chance of them buying him out if he doesn't make an impact over the next few games, so he's sitting tight so he can have a full season to make an impression next year. The guy's a turkey, and I think he's on drugs.
Now Weiss is on drugs and faking an injury? What did I miss here? His wound has inflammation, it's not getting any better, so Holland probably said just to take the recovery slow, and heal up fully and come back with a fresh slate next season being %100 healthy. Too many tinfoil hats bouncing around here.
I just think calling a spade a spade doesn't make one a "hater". We also don't need a post every time Jimmy makes a decent save saying "oh, I guess that was just an AVERAGE save huh?" I think even Howard himself would agree he hasn't been on top of his game this season, so would Babcock. He's had flashes of brilliance as he did in the game against the Bruins in between games where he really could have played much better. What frustrated me is that this season, more than anything else, with all the injuries and young players, the Wings really needed him to step up and make some big saves at big times and he didn't do that consistently enough during the middle part of the season, and the Wings fell way down in the standings.
I've always viewed him as an alternate reality Fedorov. What if Feds hadn't been drafted by the Wings, hadn't played under Bowman, hadn't played alongside a slew of future Hall of Famers across a slew of very deep Wings teams funded by Mike Ilitch and his whatever-it-takes mandate? Would he have become an Alex Ovechkin? Or, to flip it around, What if Ovechkin had been drafted (or, more realistically, somehow acquired via trade) by the Wings? Would he be what he is?
I don't know, I see them as completely different players, right from day 1.
I've always been proud to be a Wings fan. Classiest organization in all of sports, great leadership, passionate fan base, original six. Pride has always followed this organization....YZERMAN playing on one knee to lead his team and then him handing that cup to Konstintinov to show his dedication to such a brave man. The way that Zetterberg carried this team on his back to win 4 huge games to get into the playoffs last year. The medical staff, players and coaches who literally saved Jiri Fischers life on the bench after his collapse.
There is a lot to be proud of a team so rich in history and yet, somehow i find myself in disbelief about that this current team has done.
Three weeks ago this team was in 11th....certain to break the 22 year consecutive years to the post season. Things looked dismal and everyone was critical. Great teams have great players and usually a 1-2 punch. Perry and Getzlaf, Crosby and Malkin, Kane and Toews.....Zetterberg and Datsuyk. Only, we no longer have that 1-2 punch. We have the second most man games lost, but no team has had to endure losing such impact players. We have 6 guys that didn't start the year with this team but will not go down.
They are relentless. I keep waiting for Nyquist to be a fluke.....and he has just gotten better. A kid who wasn't on the roster when the puck dropped on then season and he leads the league over the last month in goals? That's fairy tale stuff.....and it's happening right before our eyes, every time this team plays. How about Glendening? This kid wasn't even a thought at the start of the year...now he's up against the top lines of teams shutting it down. Tatar, the day he lost his dad, kissing up to the sky in admiration, playing with a heart as heavy as an anvil......I could go on and on about the pride I feel in this organization and they way that they have overcome adversity.
I think we will make the playoffs...I know we WILL but even if we don't. Even if somehow the bounces don't go our way and we find ourselves out of the race April 13th, this team...this unbelievably dedicated, classy and big hearted team has made me prouder to be a wings fan......that's a lot to say in such a consistently successful organization.
Good on ya boys......" Dont stop believin'" and we will be just fine!!!!!
LGW!!! 23 all the way!