Thread: Confirmed Signing with Link: Red Wings sign Abdelkader, 4 yrs @ $1.7 mill per
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09-14-2012, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by ColePens View Post
I feel for Abdelkader. He came up and looked so promising and so tenacious. He seems to have hit a slump as I'm very shocked with Detroit fans and their response... but trust them as they see him a lot more than I do. My initial reaction was - not a bad deal if he continues to grow.

I guess he's really tailed off that badly?
In Detroit, if you're not Terry Sawchuk, Steve Yzerman, Pavel Datsyuk or Nick Lidstrom, you better be Bob Probert.

There's no in between with Detroit fans. There's no patience for young guys to evolve, no appreciation for guys maturing in their program. The larger the player, usually the more time it takes to evolve.

That or they're playing way to many video games in Detroit.

When you've chosen no higher than 19th in the draft for 20 years, you need to have some patience with your younger guys.

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