who are these people you speak of?? don't say ericsson and abdelkader, they have turned down numerous fights this season.
turning down fights is not always a bad thing when the other team loses an inferior player for 5 minutes. i remember abdelkader was going to go with iginla (bless him) but the refs got in the middle - that would have been a good trade. a few years ago cleary went with pronger to get him off of the ice for 5 minutes. we have really smart players.
We all know Detroit is a blue-collar town. We also know the Red Wings have been the best franchise in Detroit for a long time. However, it is becoming increasing obvious that the Wings have become way too comfortable in the spa-like atmosphere.
This current team lack heart and toughness. Night after night, teams play the Wings with no fear of being hit or having to face anyone that would constitute an enforcer. Holland, a good GM, is a nice guy who apparently likes to surround himself with similar type players. That's good for team harmony and prevents players from stirring the pot. But it makes for boring hockey and makes it watch as teams push the Wings around.
Game after game, the Wings' opponent know they can punch players in front of their own net without repercussion. It is embarrassing to watch and must get under the skin of Hockeytown Heroes like Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Joe Kocur, Darren McCarty and guys that played with heart like Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan.
I know the salary cap forces teams to keep players that are not truly NHL caliber. For example, the Wings have Todd Bertuzzi and Tomas Holmstrom. They constantly take dumb penalties and give the puck away like it is the object of the game. Johan Franzen leads the team in goals but doesn't show up every night and, although he is one of the biggest players on the ice, is as soft as they come.
This is Detroit, the home of Joe Louis and Detroit Muscle. It is long past time to draft more North American players that play with heart and would do anything to win the Stanley Cup. Remember Stevie Yzerman playing on his busted up leg, trying to win? Do you see any one with that type of heart on this team?
There are some bright spots with the likes of Darren Helm, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Justin Abdelkader and, of course, Nicklas Lidstrom. But does this team have the heart and toughness to win it all? I think not. However, there is hope. A trade or two could improve the heart of this club. Yes they have had lots of injuries, but that is part of the game.
Wouldn't die-hard Red Wings fans like to see more players like Howe, Lindsay, Kocur, McCarty, Shanahan, Bob Probert, Martin Lapointe in the lineup. Let's hope the "Holland House" becomes a thing of the past real soon.
sure this is one person with his own opinion, but i call derp on this article.
first off, i am pro-enforcer and i do get tired of watching the players i love get smacked around. even players who don't normally play with a chip get a lot chippier against the wings (jordan staal, you so tough). kostopoulos should have been pounded into pulp. but that didn't happen and won't - this year, and maybe next, and maybe never. and that's a shame.
but to say that these players have no heart is ridiculous. sure, we don't have an extreme example of somebody playing on a knee with no cartilage, needing to use his stick to prop himself up off of the ice. that's symbolic. but i'd say this team has plenty of heart - more than most if not all other teams. brad stuart comes immediately to mind. he takes a slapshot off of the back of his head, misses a few games, comes back, has his jaw broken by a nasty hit (insert enforcer rant here). while walking off of the ice he slams his stick not because of the pain but because he knows he'll be out for a long, long time. these guys want to play and win, and yeah they can be frustrating to watch sometimes when it seems they forget how good they are, but they're hustling their asses off on both ends of the ice.
toughness is another thing. i think the idea of what is consider "tough" gets blurry in a game where fighting is allowed and expected. this team throws their weight around plenty, leading games in hits very frequently. after-whistle scrums and stupid roughing penalties are not tough.
i grew up watching the wings kick the living crap out of everybody and it was fun to watch! but they sure didn't win much. now, they're perennial contenders and the envy of every team in the league as far as management and work ethic. can we have both?
possibly, but does don really need a favor? look at all of his clients:
Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings Luke Adam, Buffalo Sabres Colby Armstrong, Toronto Maple Leafs Jason Arnott, New Jersey Devils Alex Auld, Montreal Canadiens Keith Aulie, Toronto Maple Leafs Sean Avery, New York Rangers Dave Backes, St. Louis Blues Josh Bailey, New York Islanders Jay Beagle, Washington Capitals Todd Bertuzzi, Detroit Red Wings Paul Bissonnette, Phoenix Coyotes Francis Bouillon, Nashville Predators Drayson Bowman, Carolina Hurricanes Dustin Boyd, Montreal Canadiens Darryl Boyce, Toronto Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak, Toronto Maple Leafs Tim Brent, Toronto Maple Leafs Eric Brewer, St. Louis Blues Mike Brodeur, Ottawa Senators Troy Brouwer, Chicago Blackhawks Ilya Bryzgalov, Phoenix Coyotes Gregory Campbell, Boston Bruins Luca Caputi, Toronto Maple Leafs Daniel Carcillo, Philadelphia Flyers Brett Carson, Carolina Hurricanes Erik Christensen, New York Rangers David Clarkson, New Jersey Devils Cal Clutterbuck. Minnesota Wild Mike Commodore, Columbus Blue Jackets Matt Cooke, Pittsburgh Penguins Matt Corrente, New Jersey Devils Ryan Craig, Tampa Bay Lightning Matt Cullen, Minnesota Wild Michael Del Zotto, New York Rangers Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers Matt Ellis, Buffalo Sabres Steve Eminger, New York Rangers Jonathan Ericsson, Detroit Red Wings John Erskine, Washington Capitals Justin Falk, Minnesota Wild Eric Fehr, Washington Capitals Nikita Filatov. Columbus Blue Jackets Nick Foligno, Ottawa Senators Alexander Frolov, New York Rangers Dan Girardi, New York Rangers Tim Gleason, Carolina Hurricanes Mike Green, Washington Capitals Matt Greene, Los Angeles Kings Nicklas Grossman, Dallas Stars Matt Halischuk, Nashville Predators Dan Hamhuis, Vancouver Canucks Travis Hamonic, New York Islanders Scott Hannan, Washington Capitals Martin Hanzal, Phoenix Coyotes Josh Harding, Minnesota Wild Kristian Huselius, Columbus Blue Jackets Patric Hornqvist, Nashville Predators Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames Ed Jovanovski, Phoenix Coyotes Ryan Jones, Edmonton Oilers Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators Evander Kane, Atlanta Thrashers Chris Kelly, Ottawa Senators Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs Andrei Kostitsyn, Montreal Canadiens Sergei Kostitsyn, Nashville Predators Maxim Lapierre, Anaheim Ducks Chad LaRose, Carolina Hurricanes Pascal LeClaire, Ottawa Senators Brian Lee, Ottawa Senators David Legwand, Nashville Predators Robin Lehner, Ottawa Senators Trevor Lewis. Los Angeles Kings Nicklas Lidström, Detroit Red Wings Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers Derek MacKenzie, Columbus Blue Jackets Peter Mannino, Atlanta Thrashers Brad Marchand. Boston Bruins Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens Matt Martin, New York Islanders Shawn Matthias, Florida Panthers Jay McKee, Pittsburgh Penguins Brandon McMillan, Anaheim Ducks Brendan Mikkelson, Calgary Flames Fredrik Modin, Columbus Blue Jackets Travis Moen, Montreal Canadiens Ethan Moreau, Columbus Blue Jackets Matt Moulson, New York Islanders Chris Mueller, Nashville Predators Evgeni Nabokov, SKA St. Petersburg (Formerly San Jose Sharks) James Neal, Dallas Stars Kris Newbury, New York Rangers Eric Nystrom, Minnesota Wild Johnny Oduya, Atlanta Thrashers Cal O'Reilly, Nashville Predators Ryan O'Reilly, Colorado Avalanche Patrick O'Sullivan, Minnesota Wild Nathan Oystrick, St. Louis Blues Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils Jeff Petry, Edmonton Oilers Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks Dion Phaneuf, Toronto Maple Leafs Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues Chris Pronger, Philadelphia Flyers Brandon Prust, New York Rangers Kyle Quincey, Colorado Avalanche Wade Redden, New York Rangers Mike Ribeiro, Dallas Stars Brad Richards, Dallas Stars Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers Brad Richardson, Los Angeles Kings Craig Rivet, Buffalo Sabres Bryan Rodney, Carolina Hurricanes Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks Mike Santorelli, Florida Panthers Luke Schenn, Toronto Maple Leafs James Sheppard, Minnesota Wild Rob Schremp, New York Islanders Jody Shelley, Philadelphia Flyers Ryan Smyth, Los Angeles Kings Nick Spaling, Nashville Predators Steve Staios, Calgary Flames Matt Stajan, Calgary Flames Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning Viktor Stalberg, Chicago Blackhawks Jarret Stoll, Los Angeles Kings Jason Strudwick, Edmonton Oilers PK Subban, Montreal Canadiens Andy Sutton, Anaheim Ducks Brandon Sutter, Carolina Hurricanes Danny Syvret, Philadelphia Flyers Henrik Tallinder, New Jersey Devils Matt Taormina, New Jersey Devils José Théodore, Minnesota Wild Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, Philadelphia Flyers Jordin Tootoo, Nashville Predators Tom Wandell, Dallas Stars Shea Weber, Nashville Predators Stephen Weiss, Florida Panthers Jeremy Williams, New York Rangers Ryan Wilson, Colorado Avalanche Daniel Winnik, Colorado Avalanche Jeff Woywitka, Dallas Stars Nolan Yonkman, Phoenix Coyotes Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, New York Rangers
This is just weird. I can't imagine that there's not more to this. Either Holland has reason to believe Nabokov will not get claimed or there's something else going on. I just can't imagine they would do this only to see him claimed Friday afternoon.