As a poor student I'm living entirely off loans and can't partake, but I really appreciate you guys doing this. This is an awesome gesture and I'm glad that folks are willing to help out those who could use it.
I'm beginning to think the Wings may just pull this off. Datsyuk should be back in what, five or six more games? Helm should come back next week. Just hang on, guys, the cavalry is coming.
I'm honestly pretty concerned that Datsyuk is done for the season. His knee has been bad since December and he has played what, 5 games for the Wings in that time? I don't think three weeks will fix his problem, but lets hope I'm mistaken and Datsyuk can suit up for a run.
He definitely mentioned him. He spoke briefly about how Nyquist and Tatar were guys that they expected to be on the team, but then he transitioned quickly to talking about Sheahan and Jurco. But you're right, he didn't mention Tatar in the context of the PP. I didn't listen to the Draper interview since I'm ostensibly "at work" and therefore theoretically should "do my job" and "not read about hockey all day". But it's a govt. job...so I would be doing a disservice to everyone if I wasn't being a good for nothing strain on the American taxpayers teet right?
As far as I'm concerned I help pay your salary, and thus I feel I have a valid say in the matter.
Its kinda funny, the fan-base has been dying to replace our aging veterans with young blood for a few years now, and now between whom Holland and Babs have removed, and whom the team has lost due to injuries, its veteran leadership and stability on the ice that the team could use a fair bit of. I believe the team that is penciled in to skate has the potential to outwork the opposition, score goals, play defense, close out third periods with a positive goal differential, and win at least 50% of their games. I don't necessarily believe that they disagree with that, but I don't see that there is a whole lot of trust in each other as a team, and Franzen is included in that observation. There's a lot of individual efforts that are being easily smothered out by the opposition's defense, a lot of hesitancy to fore-check hard, and a lot of collapsing too low. That's a lack of trust. And frankly its understandable, when you see Tatar, Nyquist, Dekeyser, Sheahan, Smith, Lashoff, Pulkinen, Glendening, and Emmerton having 566 NHL games between them all. That's collectively less than seven years of NHL experience split between nine players on the roster, or about half the team.
The real question is, why isn't the other half of the team stepping up more?