demangone wrote:The only "toughness", and I'm using the term loosely, for Detroit would be Kronwall. He leaves his feet a whole lot and takes a lot of people down, other than that I can't think of anyone on Detroit that's really all that tough. We have Orpik, Cooke, and Godard. Kennnedy will throw down, as will Talbot. Not the toughest two, but they'll stand up for their teammates. I think any of the Pens truly would if push comes to shove. I still wish we would've signed Ruutu, but that's water under the bridge. We're still going to be a tough team to play against.
In terms of fighting, the Wings will have Downey (1 loss last year), McCarty, and occasionally Lilja. In terms of grit and guys that will bang someone for a cheapshot to a star, they have Franzen, Holmstrom, Cleary, Draper, Maltby, and Helm. Franzen was invisible in the finals due to his concussion-like issues (it was actually blood on his brain), Holmstrom played the entire series with a sports hernia (which has been corrected by surgery), Cleary isn't huge but he's as gritty as they come, and Helm is just beginning to realize how good he is. Draper and Maltby are the guys that are willing to do whatever is needed.
And I didn't even mention Kronwall or Stuart who are two of the hardest hitting d-men in the game. Plus, there's a possibility that Ericcson will make the roster and he's huge.
The Wings have plenty of toughness.