…so feed him.
“I’m feeling really excited to get going again. Last season was more of a rehabilitation for me to get my knee back in shape. I feel really hungry this year and in good shape and really strong. I’ve been working out from the day I got injured, pretty much, so I’m probably in the best physical shape I’ve been in. I needed this summer to get really healthy. Now I feel 100%.”–Johan Franzen
That quote was from the Free Press this morning in which they also talked to the guy lining up on the opposite side of Valtteri Filppula, #44 aka “Dirty Bert”:
“Me and Mule played a little bit together at the end and found some chemistry. I think me and him, we’re pretty similar in the way we play — if for some reason I’m not at the net, he’s quite capable of standing in front of the net and doing it. I think we can kind of play off each other down low, and then you’ve got Fil with the speed and creativity part.”–Todd Bertuzzi
Bertuzzi’s inclination to “pass first, shoot second” should certainly serve him well playing on a line with Johan Franzen who can absolutely fire the puck. This combination when added to Filppula’s ability to both pass and shoot effectively, should make the second unit a formidable scoring threat.
Franzen stated that he wasn’t at full capacity last season when he made his miraculous return to the Detroit lineup for the end of the regular season plus the short play-off run. But now, after a nice long summer to rest – the Mule should be kicking once more. If he and Filppula can both stay healthy this season, I fully expect them to have career-high seasons in terms of points.