Gustav Nyquist-Henrik Zetterberg-Justin Abdelkader
Darren Helm-Pavel Datsyuk-Tomas Tatar
Drew Miller-Riley Sheahan-Teemu Pulkkinen
Stephen Weiss-Luke Glendening-Joakim Andersson
Jonathan Ericsson-Niklas Kronwall
Kyle Quincey-Danny DeKeyser
Brendan Smith-Xavier Ouellet
Petr Mrazek (starting)
...I would have liked Weisser and Just for Men flip flopped. I understand you gotta get Teemu going, but in theory, he is only going to be up for some time, and I'd rather see Weiss get better scoring opps in a game where they may be abundant.
Miller on the third while Weiss remains on the 4th ?! I want to know what Babcock is smoking.....
At some point in his career he has to learn how to handle the pressure and the starts in the NHL. Looks like that time has come a little earlier than expected but I think he will be fine. He made the playoff with the Griffins several times and won a Calder. Thats as good as it gets before you play in the big league.
And if he doesn't we still have the Monster. While we probably won't be as great as with Howard we're good on the goaltender position.
And you are wondering why we European fans and players are having the reputation of being *******? It's their decision if they know what they are getting themselves into so be it. As a German you should know how much some leagues are sucking - outside of the big 4 - , a rougher playstyle would go a long way off making things at least watchable again. the nhl has never been that boring but they are approaching that territory in rapid fashion: hip checks almost gone, Stevens like hits gone, Kronwalled? almost gone next up fighting? Sounds like an interesting league doesn't it... Basically the SEL just with more skill..
Frank, I can not add anything to what kliq said. He and I are both on the same page. I don't have anything against fighting per se, but I'm against fighting just for the sake of it for the reasons kliq already stated. And I'm therefore against guys whose sole purpose is doing exactly that. I watch enough European hockey here (DEL) and don't worry the NHL is still harder and far more enjoyable to watch. Even without staged fights and guys like McGrattan.
I knew a guy who played in the AHL and a few games in the NHL, and now he is in his early 30's and suffers from concussion related issues. He said that he was put into a position where he felt (at the AHL level) that he had to fight or he would lose his job, nobody should have to feel that way. Now, so many year later the guy is paying the price. Fighting on occasion to protect a person, I can live with that. Fighting day in, day out, to me is just plain stupid.
This is the main reason for me why enforcers don't belong to the game. How can you enjoy a staged fight if you know the storys of Boogard and our very own Probert ? If a fight sparks from the heat of the moment, fine, let them go. But those barenuckle fights are just to dangerous to do them night in and night out. And I don't want players on the ice forced to do them.
.....and get's hurt only hours after the announcement. That would have never happened to an elite goalie. Pretty average if you ask me.
In all seriousness : The nomination is well deserved, Jimmy kept us in many games and is one of the main reasons this team is in a playoff-spot. I hope that is injury looked more scary than it is and he recovers till the end of the month.