Our puck possession and offense was fine without Modano. Hudler would have helped that. Once again, you're another poster who doesn't understand the idea of having a complete hockey team. And Modano is an old guy who can only help us for one year. He won't play after this most likely.
And some of those 4th liners shouldn't have been kept for another season, which is where a guy like Asham comes in. I'm mad because we chose worse options over him and now it's obviously too late to have enough money to pursue him anymore.
I never said we should downgrade from last year so don't attribute things to me that I never said. That's a lousy way to argue and you won't win. Your idea of a brilliant argument seems to be to misquote the person you're arguing against. How is not adding Modano and dropping Maltby a downgrade?
Is that what I said?
That's not how I remember it. I remember Wings winning the Stanley Cup, then the next year going to game 7 of the SCF with an offensive 3rd line of Samuelsson-Filppula-Hudler. Adding Hudler doesn't make up for the loss of Samuelsson and promotion of Filppula going to the 2nd line.
If your argument is adding Hudler is an upgrade from last years team (the same team that nearly got swept in the 2nd round), then I agree with you. But adding Modano, which gives Wings the best 3rd line in the league and makes Red Wings as solid offensively as the cup winning team they had.
Why do you want to be a fraction better than the 2010 team that was nearly swept? Why not reach for the stars and be happy Holland is putting a team together that would rival the cup winning team of 2008?
All this over a 4th liner? Eaves-Abdelkader-Helm line looks pretty damn good to me. In fact, that is arguably the most solid, tenacious, defensive-offensive 4th line in the entire league. And you're mad because Holland didn't sign an older 4th liner from outside the organization?
Holland put together an awesome team this year, if you like winning and celebrating Stanley Cup victories, then you should be ecstatic with this lineup. Kenny has built a team to give us the best chance to win it all.
Arguably the top three 1st line in the league (with Zetterberg and Datsyuk paired up again) - CHECK!
Arguably the most dominating 2nd line in the playoffs (with Franzen and Bertuzzi) - CHECK!
Arguably the best 3rd offensive and puck possession 3rd line in the league - CHECK!
Arguably one of the most well rounded and tenacious 4th lines in the league - CHECK!
And people are still bitching and moaning and crying. Does it ever stop?