What he brings to the team is slowing the development of Nyquist. Can't have that anymore.
I respectfully disagree.
Bert is effective with Pav and more importantly Pav likes playing with him.
He's helpful in the shootout and with us fighting for every point we can get, a shootout point can make or break the end of this season for us.
Last, we only have one player that anybody is even remotely intimidated by (Tootoo) and with Bert we'd have another. I like having a big, tough, guy on a line with Dats.
Bert brings a lot to this team. If you don't see that we're lacking in his absence, then we haven't been watching the same top 6 this season.
I have always been a Bert fan and loved him with Pav. If we get anything from him being out for so long, I hope it's that more people will see what he brings to the team because a lot of people on here were bashing him hard last season.
Its not a downer to have realistic expectations and not put the cart before the horse. I'm hoping that the average fan reading isn't expecting to see Vlad walking around normally. It's incredible that he's able to take some independent steps. Hard work and determination is only part of the equation. It also takes a team of high quality medical professionals and an unlimited amount of funds to make it happen.
I completely understand realistic expectations but this thread is just to celebrate his progress. I don't think anyone was arguing that it didn't take an incredible amount of hard work from a lot of people to get him t this point. Maybe this just isn't the place to shut down people's high hopes for Vladdy with opinions on how limited he will be.
Let's just admire how far he's come.
I think the timing of this article has to do with the fact that even though the Wings are struggling, we've lost more in the past 2 years than most teams could overcome and while we haven't exactly thrived, many people were calling for us to fall a lot farther than we have. Sure, we are bad by Wings standards but there's a lot of other teams that would kill for a rebuild that looks like ours.
When I was 13 I had a crush on a boy that liked the Red Wings so I said I liked them too. Haha
Then I started learning more about them and found out Stevie Y was born here and that they had made the playoffs every year since I'd been born etc. Then I'd watch them and everything they did just looked better than the other team and I'd find players I liked and see interviews with other teams and there was so much respect for them. Just ended up loving them.
My Bruins, Oilers, and Van fan brothers were less than pleased.
Every season people make at least one post about how much the Wings have to travel. Now we take that terrible travel schedule and we make all the games closer together. And then we say he should be able to magically get used to traveling/playing every single day on top of adjusting to a new league with new ice. Dont't forget that all of this should take him less than half a season.
Seriously, give the man a break.
I'm with the others saying you can't judge Brunner by this season. Next year is going to be crazy different.
Also don't care if he is skinny, Gretzky was skinny. Haha no comparison between the two, Brunner can put on weight though so I'm not worried about that.
I love this. If their game turns around they have him to thank for having the guts to publicly shame his team for their lack of effort.
The last paragraph regarding Chicago and Calgary...read up Red Wings.