Forget about Offense

From the official website and the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, MI.

“We’re losing whatever it is, 80 goals, we’re not going to be a high-scoring team, but we have to focus on defense.”–Dan Cleary

Um…what? This is coming from a guy we’re expecting to step up. Maybe it’s because he’s got golf on his mind and high-scoring comes with a negative connotation. But we DO still have Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Franzen right? All those predictions about Filppula netting 20 and Leino not far behind? Well hold on, it’s not all Danny “Rain Cloud” talking…

Malts had some to add as well.

“Our depth will definitely get tested maybe a little bit more with this happening,” Maltby said. “We have guys in Grand Rapids who were with us during the playoffs who are obviously ready to play and will fill those voids. But there are injuries and things that happen in the course of the year and that could be an issue, but as for the guys in the dressing room we know that we still have a lot of talent, we have a lot of experience, and character in that dressing room.”

That’s a little more like it. Keep the microphone away from Dan, please.


“Alright I’ll take pros, you can take cons on this one.”