Our offense output has gone down every year as Z and D get older, it's no coincidence. They're not guys you build your team around anymore. We have no core players, that's why we're not good at anything. Painfully mediocre
What exactly is this team especially good at? They have no identity other than they're bad qualities. I say we just go young? When's the last time we had a guy with size that fans were excited about? Franzen? How about a guy that part of his game was his physicality? Even our grinders don't hit. You can't be a good hockey team without a physical identity
First game we lost strictly because of goaltending so that's a plus. I think we would have won that game handily had we not had that breakdown in the first. Kudos to the wings for keeping up the pressure and almost bringing it back against one of the stingiest teams
I hate our forward lines... I honestly think we would be a better hockey team if Brad Richards wasn't on this team. He's not completely terrible but he's blocking better players in the top six and dressing a better player in GR. I just can't think of any of the 4 lines that he wouldn't make worse by adding him to it
Nyquist could be one of the very best goal scorers in the league if he had Ghallagher's mentality just being fearless despite your size. I love nyquist but any unbiased person watching enough wings games would say this man is a huge Wimp... Him and Tatar don't have that fierce competitive spirit that dats and z had. Not because they don't want to but because it's too hard.
If you're big, and not a goon, people turn on you.
Even if he doesn't hit, fight, scrap, etc. size is still an extra asset. It's hard to move big guys. They have extra reach, etc. People seem to miss this and just say "he's big and doesn't use his size." Not every big player should have to have an edge. If they're a goal scorer I don't see why it matters as long as they score (which Franzen did).
It's just kind of sad he doesn't get the respect for the career he had. He pretty much willed the Wings to a Stanley Cup and 2 Finals appearances. Most fans would worship this man
If you watch our old playoff games it was always Franzen chirping in between whistles and getting into the headlocks. The dude played with grit and an edge, and scored
I wish more people were built mentally like Helm, Abby and... A long time ago, Cleary. If things aren't going well offensively they go out and create energy by making a hit
Maybe the organization feels Jurco's offensive game doesn't exactly translate to top six NHL producer so their making him learn the defensive bottom six role? He just doesn't move his feet out there it's crazy how passive he is for somebody in his situation