A word or two about skill and puck-possession and all that jazz as it pertains to our beloved DRW:
- You need a Nick Lidstrom. I mean, he doesn't actually have to be a Nick Lidstrom. He could be, oh, I dunno, Jay Bouwmeester (ha! As if he'd ever be available!) What I'm saying is, if you don't have a good puck-moving defenseman, forget it. You can't kill with skill. You can't possesst with zest.
"BUT WHAT'S THAT HAVE TO DO WITH OUR DRW?" you ask? No idea. I just thought it sounded smart.
- The problem with being Ultra-Skilled Puck-Possessor Ninja like we
've had been since Fedorov et al.? Here are the things at which you, a USPP Ninja, excel:
- Possessing the puck
- Skating (sort of)
- Looking pretty
- "Crazy moves and s***"
...And here are the things you suck at:
- Everything else
I've said this a bajillion times before, : we
are were good with the puck, when we had it. And that's pretty much it. When was the last time we had a really big, physical team? When was the last time we had a really fast team? When was the last time we had the best goalie in the league, no questions asked?
Skill. With the puck. When we had the puck. And the other team didn't have the puck. Because we had the puck. (Ninja.)
That's what we've been up to since the mid-90s. That's the secret to our success. Actually, those three championship rosters (excluding '02, because, c'mon) - that was It. That was the Top of the Red Wings Pops. Because it was more than skill. With the puck. When we had the puck. And the other team didn't have the puck. Because we had the puck. We had balls. And teeth. And muscle. (And eyes - and a nose! And ears!!! OH MY GOD - IT'S A FACE!!!!!!!!) We could switch things up if we had to. We could hurt you in multiple ways. We had Larry. Effing. Murphy. BEFORE THE HOT DOGS.
But, for the most part, it's been
underpants skill --> [ . . . ] --> Profit.
And now we can't do it no more. And this is problematic.
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