I am just saying, heart and inspiration wins games. Bad ankle? Super, Yzerman needed injections in his knee to even walk on to the ice, but guess what? HE DID IT! I am not bashing Dats in the way I bash Franzen, but the player of today is in NO comparison to the player of yesterday. Todays player wouldn't even think about taking injections and playing for the good of the team. Guarantee, Yzerman would have been on that ice both yesterday and Tuesday...and he would have been a factor and he would have inspired a team that, right now, needs its leaders to inspire them!
I am sure the team is not calling Dats out for not playing, but man, if they saw him get in there, like Steve used to do, they'd be like, look at Pav playing through that pain, WTF is my excuse for not pushing a bit harder? I am just saying, in probably the two most important games of the season, the team really needed more than locker room presence, they needed to be pushed to the brink of elimination.
Also, don't EVER question my passion and fandom for this team, I am just not a rosey glass wearing fool who thinks everything is awesome because its the Wings...if you think this team is good and if you think the leaders are leading, then you sir, need to ask yourself if you understand how this works...
Clearly, you've forgotten how many games Yzerman missed throughout his career. He wasn't "in there" every game, no matter what. Yzerman didn't have to fight for the playoffs in his later years because, oh yeah, he had future superstars in Datsyuk and Zetterberg to pick up the slack, not to mention the best defenseman of all time still in his prime on the blue line. As no one really knows what's wrong with Datsyuk, I'm not sure how anyone can sit in judgement of him not playing. We saw Datsyuk just last year play on a severely injured knee for weeks for nothing but the pure honor of playing for his country. So kiss his Dangling Russian Ass.
No, you're not a "rosey" glass wearing fool, you're just an unrealistic geezer who clearly has no accurate recollection of how the "good old days" actually were.