Thread: Confirmed Signing with Link: Red Wings sign Abdelkader, 4 yrs @ $1.7 mill per
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09-14-2012, 01:23 AM
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Originally Posted by HTT3 View Post
No, Red Wings fans wanted Parise, Suter, Doan, Ryan, Schulz and Semin. Instead they got Tootoo, Abdelkdaer, Monster and Colaiacovo.

They are mad.
Pretty much this. Going to our team board right now is depressing. Wasn't a great off-season but the amount of vitriol being thrown around is pretty bad. Abdelkader can hold down the fourth line center role until Sheahan or Andersson are ready and is pretty good on the wing. For a guy that finished second on the team in hits, second on the team in faceoff percentage, is useful on the PK, plays up the lineup when injuries arrive and pops in the occasional goal I don't understand the hate. Seems people thought he was going to be a stud top 6 guy off his MSU glory. What he is has its uses but it seems he cannot win with half the fan-base.

Having both him and Helm locked up for what they are might be a touch high next season but can be real winning contracts down the line in my opinion.

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