I'm not too worried about DeKeyser in the #2 spot. He can handle It. The kid has poise and a good head on his shoulders. It's the other shmucks being promoted to more ice time that scare me.
And one more comment: the Leads fans infuriated me. Not only did they take over our house, but they did a better job at being fans than the Detroit ones. Theyy were loud, engaged and excited. Really made me realize how stale and dull our fanbase is.
Well to be fair the Leafs are known for taking over every arena they play in but despite that you are right. I really believe this team needs to do a better job in getting the fans excited again, be it a big, nasty hit a fight here and there just something to get the crowd into it and create an intimidating atmosphere for the opposing players again. The Joe really has lost it's mojo during the last years it shouldn't be easy to play against the Wings IN Detroit.
Sadly I don't have a lot of hopes for the new arena most of these super modern ones are first class but they aren't encouraging a fanlike atmosphere, as an oversea guy I wish the NHL would be more like our leagues here with all the chanting, cheering, flag waiving :-)
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