There are more positive things being said about the Wings in opposing teams' subreddits. I love this forum, I think there are a lot of intelligent people and the moderation is on point but lately, it's been so negative. Do you guys realize that we at currently complaining that we don't like the WAY that our team clinched for the 24th year in a row? That's ridiculous and entitled and spoiled. This team is not "average at best" they are better than average as proven by their record this year. I have not been alive long enough to see them miss the playoffs. Think about that and then put yourselves in the shoes of literally ever other team and try to imagine behaving the same way as you are now.
It is 100% understandable to be critical of aspects of the team play, but to claim the sky is falling after every loss or bad goal is completely absurd. I'm sorry, I love you guys but it's disheartening to see so many "fans" express more hatred toward their own players than they do to the Hawks. We're better than this.
This is part of the reason why I went elsewhere. This place really has turned into Mos Eisley Spaceport of Wings fans.
So last year when Zetterberg put the team on his severely injured back and willed them into the playoffs, that was proving his lack of leadership and skill?
Good story. Too bad it isn't even remotely true. Zetterberg didn't "put this team on his back and will them into the playoffs last year. He didn't play a single game between February 8th and our first round playoff series on April 24th.
Nyquist put the team on his back a year ago, scoring 13 goals and 8 assists in March and April. Not Zetterberg, who only played 45 games last year, none of which were in the second half of the season when we were fighting to make the playoffs.
Nevertheless, I agree with your larger point. Which is that there's nothing wrong with the team leadership.
Love Petr as most of you know and I'm excited he's getting the chance to play and get better. He's NHL ready and this a great opportunity for him. I hope he does well. And if there's any gaps he'll fine tune them. He's young and a lot of people seem forget that. He's been thrown into the fire and he's done exactly what I expected. I don't remember we ever having a homegrown goalie that's come out playing like he has in this short amount of time.
That being said, I want Jimmy to get back to being that goalie that he's been paid to be and he can do it. Jimmy, please get your head back into the game!