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Member Since 04 Jul 2012
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In Topic: Abdelkader Hypothetical

07 July 2013 - 08:13 PM

Anyone trashing Abdelkader is being ridiculous.  Is he going to be a great player?  No.  I don't care who's line he's on.  Is he a solid player for us and very valuable member of this team?  Absolutely!  First, he hits more than almost the rest of the team combined.  Without Abby, we have very little physical presence.  He's also a willing fighter.  For being a grit type player, he's a pretty good skater with good speed.  He can definitely help on the offensive side of the things, where i think he will continue to improve.  However, he's not a sniper and never will be.  He's just doesn't have the hands or touch.  I think he's being wasted with Datsyuk b/c Pavel needs a guy he can drop it to who can fire it......a guy like Shanahan or Hull.  Maybe with Weiss we'll see more of Datsyuk and Zetterberg together.  I'd like to see what Abby can do with Helm. 

In Topic: Wings Attempting to Re-sign Cleary

06 July 2013 - 04:17 PM

I like Cleary but it's time to make a change.  This team struggled mightily at times last year and Cleary's play has been declining for 2 years straight now.  He's doesn't have the wheels/endurance to play the type of offense this team wants to play.  I can't count the number of times i saw the Wings break out last year with Cleary not able to join the rush, or how many times Cleary hit the blue line and just dumped in b/c he didn't have the speed to beat defenders or the size/strength to overpower them.  His best play came in front of the net on power plays, but he wasn't great at it (not like Holmstrom) and not worth the contract being mentioned.  Great grit player, great locker room guy, etc but not a $2.5M player in a salary cap era. 

In Topic: Your thoughts on Sergei Fedorov

28 July 2012 - 01:29 AM

Fedorov was the biggest reason i became a Red Wings fan. I really didn't know much about Hockey growing up in PA....we didn't have hockey in our schools and there was only 1 rink with an hour of me that i knew about.....and i didn't quite understand the rules much. But when i started watching it on TV as a teenager and saw this team of incredible skaters cycling around and controlling the puck, i thought it was pretty cool. At the center of that was Fedorov....this amazing, fast skater who glided around the rink like no other. Add to that Stevie Y, The Joe and Hockeytown and i was sold on being a Wings fan. Been hooked ever since.

Fedorov was the best in his era. It's unfortunate that he left b/c his career and legacy suffered tremendously.