Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Big Bert Primed for Success

Helene St. James of the Free Press posted a few good quotes here from Todd Bertuzzi and Head Coach, Mike Babcock...

"He's in way better shape. He's way quicker than he was last time here. So now we need a big-time effort each and every night, and I think we're going to get that."--Mike Babcock talking about Todd Bertuzzi
What does Todd have to say about his team?

"They play a different style than anyone else -- they play different defensively and different in the neutral zone, different offensively. You've got to be in the right position at the right time, because you're expected to be there. So it's just a matter of paying attention and having some reliable guys on your line to kind of get you through the first couple (times), and then it starts coming more naturally and you can do things at a lot higher tempo. It's pretty evident why they've been successful the past 10 years. Their system is high tempo, high speed and puck possession. And I think as an offensive player, that's the kind of style you want to play."
So a leaner, quicker, Todd Bertuzzi is drinking the kool aid? We shall see. Let's hope that the plethora of penalties that the Wings have been accumulating is due to young angst, and not just a preview of things to come. I'll be weary of our PK until they can consistently prove that I don't have curl up into the fetal position every time a Wing heads to the box.

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