It truly amazes me how idiotic some people are acting about the players participating in the Olympics. First the Pav thing, now this.
Hank's back has been injured for a couple years now, its been an ongoing thing. Anyone who follows the Wings knows this. If he hadn't tweaked it in the Olympic game, he would have tweaked it in the next Wings game.
Posted by dat's sick
on 13 February 2014 - 12:49 PM
Listening to the interview with Team Sweden's doctor, I'm less worried. Sounds like it's the same thing he's been dealing with every now and then the last couple of weeks. Not good of course, but doesn't seem like anything that's likely to keep him out for very long, if he even misses the game tomorrow.
It sucks that both Z and Pav are playing through these injuries but what can you do. I for one would think it's worse if they miss maybe their final chance at Olympic gold.
That was going to be my next point lol. Cleary is none of those things, is a turnover machine and provides no spark. Yet he gets all kinds of playing time, I'd take Tootoo over cleary every day of the week. Granted I understand playing the young guys who provide a scoring threat. But you still need energy guys with a little snarl. It's a hockey fact
Posted by Playmaker
on 20 November 2013 - 03:25 PM
Agreed. But I don't think Holland has trouble understanding this. To me, it just sounded like he was cautioning against expectations that Nyquist was going to be the answer to The Wings current problems. He did say, short of bringing in a game-changing superstar that no one player can fix what;s broken, that this is a team-wide issue and that they have to play better (secondary scoring and defense) "as a team".
I can live with this sentiment. Personally, I'm pumped that Nyquist is most likely getting called up, and is here to stay. But Red Wings fans have got it so band these days, that #freenyquist has become a thing, like he was the Nelson Mandella or ***** Riot of hockey. Goose can only do so much.
It's not like when DeKeyser joined the Wings last season that it totally turned things around, eh? No he wasn't the total answer, but an infusion of youth and talent can do wonders some times. I get not bringing up 19 year olds, but cripes, Nyquist is 24, played US College Hockey, been in the minors several years, if he's not ready now, he never will be.
I'm less inclined to blame Babcock for this as I am to blame Holland. Holland signs the players. He's the one who has tirelessly held into useless old plugs instead of opening roster spots for valuable young players that can provide secondary scoring. This team should be one of the better ones in the league. Instead, we are one of the most inconsistent at best, and at worst, we have been the one of the worst teams in hockey over the past 7 games. With a few roster moves, we could improve vastly. Instead, we are forced, as fans, to accept the same ridiculous status quo that has been established by Holland's over-loyalty and complacency.
Honestly I think the worst part is that Holland has put himself in a position where he can't make any moves to try and fix his mistakes.
Like I've said before, Holland has been the master at tinkering the Red Wings machine he inherited. A piece here and there to keep it running. But as the machine is falling apart and needed an overhaul (and lost the engine in Nick Lidstrom), he's being exposed.