I seem to be the only one who thinks this but I think Bertuzzi has been really bad...
He makes bonehead passes and takes bad penalties, and of course hes terribly slow. Doesn't do anything on defence and when he does he tends to take that penalty.
On a positive note hes basically all we have when it comes to a net front presence, and hes decent when playing with Z and D together as he seems to be more confident
You aren't alone -- I completely agree with you about Bertuzzi. He consistently has quality linemates and PP time, yet contributes hardly anything offensively.
Everyone focuses on Sammy and Cleary (rightfully so), but Bertuzzi has only been marginally better than those two. I would prefer all three to be healthy scratches when/if the Wings start getting bodies back. Sheahan, Jurco and Glendening all bring much more to the team already than those three.
Needless to say, I will be very upset if any of these guys are back next season.
I can name quite a few fanbases, including plenty of names, that do hate us. They all just mad that we got all da Cups
Well, I know for a fact a bunch of current and former Blues players can't stand the Red Wings. I assume it's the same in many other cities. But that's nothing compared to the various fanbases that hate the Red Wings.
The hatred has nothing (or at least very little) to do with the number of cups the Wings have won...at least as far as I am concerned. For me, it is a combination of certain players I don't like, incidents that have happened in the past (reg. season and playoffs), and past inabilities to get past Detroit in the playoffs, finishing behind them in the standings, etc.
I hate the Canucks...can't stand 'em...do they have any cups? Nope. I can't stand the Sharks either... no cups. I actually enjoy the Penguins...and they have a handful of cups. No hatred there from me. I don't dislike the Canadiens...kind of impartial to them really, and they seemingly have 14,000 cups.
The number of cups a team has, has little to do with whether I hate them or not. It's really all about particular players, specific incidents, etc.
Nobody likes to be picked last. I get that. It's embarrassing and humiliating and basically tells the world that you are unwanted and unskilled. Apparently these mighty hockey players' feelings are hurt when they are picked last in the ALL-STARS DRAFT.
Seriously, lets think about this for a second. You were selected from the worlds most elite league of hockey to represent the best of the best in a once-a-year contest that features world-class players doing things that the fans expect to see maybe once or twice a season. How, exactly, is getting picked last such a bad thing?
And why are we giving these guys a consolation prize? Oh yeah, "Sorry you got picked last out of a group of the best players in the NHL this year while the captains picked their teammates, here's a car." As if they couldn't afford a crappy Honda in the first place.
In summation, if you're really that upset because you were the last pick out of this years high-scoring group of players and can't be happy that you at least were picked for the All-Star game, then you're just an ungrateful baby. Suck it up and enjoy the fun event that the league has put together for you or GTFO.
Hard headed Babcock refuses to take Cleary off of pavs' line. That is the problem. I have been preaching it all season. Right now Babs is playing Cleary and Homer with Pavs? What the hell kind of a line is that? IMO this is a TERRIBLE coaching decision by Babs because it gives no one that can score to Pavs to pass to. Cleary has been useless all season, and I want him scratched for a few games. I think Babs should try Hudler up there with Pavs and Homer as Hudler can shoot the puck and actually win battles for the puck.