This is the best picture on the internet. F' you Max Talbot.
Anyways, Happy didn't have such a great year last year. Actually, that might be the understatement of the week. Everwhere you look, there are chants of trade Hudler, Hulder sucks, and sit the oompa loompa! And while I think those are a little tough on the hooker loving Czech, it appears that lil' spitter has been listening:
After a disastrous season, Jiri Hudler felt change was in order.
So he changed his summer training regimen, rededicated himself and left a 10-goal year as far away as possible.
"Time will tell but I feel real good," said Hudler, who trained in Montreal for nearly three months under Jonathan Chambers, who works with a variety of UFC fighters.One thing you've never heard about Jiri was that he was a hard worker, so this is actually a nice change of pace. Is he going to be like Hulktuzzi now? Well probably not. But still, a ripped little pimp is a step in the right direction.
But, he believes he can — and will — do more offensively. He had 27 assists and was minus-7 last season.
"The first thing I was thinking was 'that's terrible,'" Hudler said. "I said (after the season ended) 'OK, that's behind me and let's put some work into it and do better next year.Great to hear him admit how terrible last season really was for him. This is a good attitude for the midget to have; a sign of maturity that might mean that he will finally live up to his potential.
I'll believe it when I see it. I am still pissed we have to give him another chance just because of his contract situation. I'm sure Kenny shopped him around as hard as possible and didn't get any decent bites. So now he gets a second chance by default. Don't get me wrong, I love his personality, but that means exactly jack when it comes to my expectations on the ice. If he's not on a 20ish goal pace by the break, then it's off with his head. Sorry Happy, but I've been burned one too many times.
I'm willing to see how he does, give him a chance before I start bashing him out loud. Just sucks he'll probably have to have a career season to sway a majority of his critics.
Personally I am alright with that. After all last year was built up to be a breakout season for him, instead ending at one might call his worst. Detroit is not the place to play if you are afraid of criticism and expectations. If he is up for the challenge than he will prove himself. The other great thing about Detroit is that the fans, although demanding, are very supportive.