Justin Abdelkader has taken boxing lessons, was taught a few moves from Brad May and as a result is now our team's tough guy. So far he hasn't given out too many beat downs, but he has thrown a monkey wrench in the gears of the "Red-Wings-Are-Not-Tough Machine." Yes, such a machine exists. It wears stupid suits and lives in Canada.
More on Abby and his war face after the jump:
Timing can be everything with fighting. The last thing you want to do is give the bad guys a wake up call. Abdelkader has done that a few times now, including yesterday. When the Wings grab momentum by scoring a big goal, don't fight. Certainly don't lose. But if you must fight, try your best to look like Abby, because he's a beast. Try not to look like Bert, because he looks like he's taking a dump.
I wasn't there when Brad May taught Abdelkader how to fight, but based on these pictures, I have a feeling it went something like this:
May: Abby, why did you join my beloved NHL?
Abby: To kill!
May: So you're a killer?
Abby: Yes, Brad, I am!
May: Then let me see your war face!
Abby: My war face?
May: AAAAAAAAAHHH!! That's a war face! Now let me see your war face!
May: AAAAAAHHHHH!! You don't scare me. Work on it.
And that concluded his training. The result?
Abby: Choke yourself!
Lapierre: *Puts own hands on throat*
Abby: With my hand, numbnuts!
Abdelkdaer is still young and still needs to learn a few things other than his war face, but when he does, I think he'll be awesome. Not Probert-awesome, but he'll be a fan-favorite. Even more so than now, but he needs a new nickname, so give me your suggestions in the comments. Something based off of Full Metal Jacket or another war movie. Let's see what you've got.
I know Don Cherry gets paid four outlandish suits and comments, but when I heard that he said Detroit wasn't tough because they don't fight I couldn't help but laugh uncontrollably. We've heard all that crap before and it's been disproven time and time again...I grew up watching that guy every Saturday night and loved him. But now his bias of his countrymen is disgusting and shortsided. With that said I still like watching to see what crazy thing he'll say next.
"Abdelvader", and "Darth Kader", are pretty rad. I tried thinking of something from FMJ, but am coming up short. His long ass name doesn't seem to fit in with any of the nicknames, or any of the movie lines. Hmm.......
The girlfriend and I started calling him Darth Abdelvader last year. It doesn't have that "savage" ring to it that he needs though lol