"People can say what they want about me. I've played hard almost 900 games in this league, and I'm going to play this game as hard as I can and do everything I can to help this team win hockey games," Tucker said before the game. "I don't think, playing only one year, the fans of Denver have gotten to see what I'm all about."Tucker goes on to say,
"I feel like I've got a clean slate now, like that Etch-A-Sketch, where I can shake it and start something new," Tucker said. "There were some circumstances out of my control last year, and I didn't handle them very well. It snowballed into a bad year. It was humbling."Maybe Tucker is right. We, Avalanche fans, didn't see what Paul Kariya or Teemu Selanne were about in one year. We didn't see Steven Reinprecht or Jordan Leopold. Maybe those guys just weren't a good fit for the team, but Avalanche fans certainly weren't treated to their best games.
Tucker scored twice last night in Frozen Fury 11, and he'll need to produce similar numbers throughout the regular season if the Avs want to be competitive.
Darcy's attitude has always gotten on my nerves. To put it bluntly, he comes off like an arrogant you-know-what. But I like what I'm reading. I like the attitude. I like the Etch-A-Sketch allusion.
If he can up the scoring a bit, drastically increase his hitting, and take fewer bonehead penalties, Darcy Tucker might be the asset we never imagined.