I agree that Smith hasn't been very good. But I'm guessing a lot of teams would love for the Wings to dump him for nothing.
Smith is playing over 19 minutes a night, third among Dmen behind Kronwall and Ericsson. And now doing it against the best team in the league. He's getting exposed for the rookie he is.
Imagine if the Wings had played Kindl or Ericsson like that. They had the benefit of a better blueline so they could play lower pressure bottom pairing minutes. Smith is getting thrown in the deep end.
It's painful to watch, but this is the team we have right now. It's trial by fire.
Defend his play on that PP now , please. Are you Cleary's father?
Cleary was the closest forward backchecking, and there was another teammate to his right. Quincey was covering the pass. As third man in, Cleary's job is to cover the slot.
The lengths you go to defend Cleary are baffling.
I'm saying it was a broken play. Cleary had a 50/50 shot at who he should cover.
Quincey covers the pass. Typically that means he stays in the middle. If Quincey stays in the middle to cover the pass, then Sharp could've walked in on the left side for a quality shot and you guys would be bashing Cleary for not covering him.
It's only in retrospect because Q made a sliding play towards Sharp that it seems obvious Cleary should've picked up the trailer.
I'm not defending Cleary. I'm pointing out that play was on Smith. But because Cleary is the scapegoat this year you'll even bash him for not guessing correctly on a broken play.
Cleary, too. He decided to double-team Sharp instead of watching the trailing man, so Kane was left wide open.
I'm really, REALLY tired of Cleary. He provides nothing to the team that the average grinder cannot. His defensive acumen now seems to be totally absent.
Cleary was the closest forward backchecking. Quincey is taking away the pass, he makes a nice play but normally you don't expect the D man to pull over that far since the goalie has the shooter and D man takes the pass.
Had Cleary slowed up and picked up the trailer you guys would probably be bitching that he should've gone after Sharp.
If anything Smith should've kept skating his ass off to pick up the trailer. Smith made a rookie mistake and everything broke down.
The lengths you guys go to bash Cleary has gotten comical at this point.
Look, if Babs really did say that, then a deal must be in place right? There's no way Babs postures against Datsyuk and his agent during the playoffs in an attempt to make it seem like he "wouldn't" leave Detroit. He is saying that Datsyuk "ISN'T" leaving Detroit. That means the deal is done. Just have to wait til July now for official announcement. This news is better than most people realize.
Let me be completely clear, if you post another false statement like the one you did saying Datsyuk's contract has been signed, you will be permanently banned.
Then you'll have to find somewhere else to have fun.
Babcock showing a lot of faith in Brunner having him out there a fair amount at the end.
Keating just made a good point. Babcock put on a coaching show. Absolutely outcoached Boudreau. It was like he was holding back this secret weapon until we really needed it. And his faith in the kids in Games 5 and 6 paid off huge!
getting this team into the playoffs and then outdueling Boudreau. It's crazy he hasn't won a Jack Adams.