Lay off Shelley. In a game like tonight where we take the lead early, we have little use for him but I'm convinced he helped in turning the tide against Colorado. Starting with the San Jose game, we were being manhandled. We were forgetting how to be physical and losing the pucks in the corner. He had a couple of strong shifts during the Colorado game where he was aggresively forechecking and finishing his checks. For the next 3 or 4 shifts after his, everyone was finishing their checks. IMO, this changed the tone of the game and allowed the Jackets to steal a point.
No, you lay off Cyclone! This is obviously one of those "I have nothing new to add so I'll pick the low hanging fruit to post" threads. A team leading the league in injuries and sucking in PP and overall offense - it HAS to be one guy on the fourth line's fault, no? I'm sure that if he was replaced by anyone else then we'd explode into a horn sounding, lamp lighting frenzy of offensive pyrotechnics equaled only by 80's hair band videos.
While we all know Shelley has considerable shortcomings on the ice, I wish we could take his work ethic, desire and coach-a-bility and give it to some others on this team (cough...Z...cough).
Does everyone remember how bad of a "hockey" player he was when he got called up the first time? It was the first season, and Oliwa returned to Nationwide for the first time with the Penguins. Shelley dropped the gloves with him twice that night. My point is, that's all he could do. He couldn't skate, his hands were full of cement.
Since then, he has improved his game a ton, becoming a serviceable fourth-line NHL forward. Other enforcers with limited skills (the aforementioned Oliwa) have been run out of the "new NHL". Thanks to his energy and effort, Shelley remains (although this is probably the only team in the league that he could play for).