We have a very physical depth defenseman. Everybody (but me) hates him.
If that's who you're referring to, the guy throws his weight around maybe once or twice a game, but he has nothing in the way of a mean streak. We need somebody that has genuine grit. We try to force that roll on players and it doesn't work.
I want a big, mean, hard nosed physical defenseman. Somebody who would grab another players head with two hands and smash it against the glass without hesitation. You guys know of any with a temper like that?
"Congratulations, Henrik, on finally bringing a cup to the west coast. What made the difference in 2013, compared to last year?"
"Well, obviously signing Derek J early was the big move of last summer. Adding Weber later in July helped a little, too."
Alberts is physical, he throws hits to hurt people. His total hits may not be high, but he isn't like a Tanner Glass or Dale Weise who softly rub out guys along the boards to pad their hit numbers.
If there's an injury to Hamhuis, Edler, or Ballard I'm confident Alberts can slide into the third pairing with Tanev and be fine in a limited role. We need someone who can do the same as a fourth guy on the right side.