First off, no every player isn't important to a Cup victory. It's great if they are, but typically there's a couple guys at least who weren't difference makers.
Never said Draper was 'the difference maker', he was part of the foundation to give the team that extra element that it takes to win.
And there it is. One quote from Babcock, so how could we ever question the Wings??
I can pull up past quotes from Bowman too. But they have nothing on your hockey knowledge.
You keep talking about how that extra money couldn't have gotten the Wings anyone else. The Wings are tight against the cap. Maybe you don't understand how the cap works, but it's not like any money saved from Drapes contract would have to be used one to one for another player. It's about the total cap space, and I bet Holland would love to have every dollar he could get to work with.
Who else do Wings need? This is a stacked team on paper. I can't wait to see how well they gel. Who would Holland use that extra $500k packaged up with (Modano?, Helm?, Eaves?, Abdelkader?, Salei?) or whoever it is you wanted to use that extra money for?
- 1st line is top 3 in the league - CHECK
- 2nd line is a force with Bert-Flip-Franzen - CHECK
- 3rd line is arguably best in the league - CHECK
- 4th line is fast, tenacious, defensive and offensive w/ grit and sandpaper - CHECK
- 1st D-pairing w/ 4 time cup winner and captain (aka Norris Nick) & one of the best offensive d-men in the Olympics - CHECK
- 2nd D-pairing w/ Stuart & Kronwall for that one/two punch in physical shut down and puck moving offense who lays players out - CHECK
- 3rd D-pairing w/ Salei & Ericsson/Kindl Physical and can score pairing and young kids drafted by the best scout in the entire NHL get their chance to shine and develop - CHECK
As you can see, this team is stacked. This is a cup contending team. Only place to upgrade is the 3rd D-pairing by waiving/trading Jim Nill's prospects in favor of a proven older dman in Sutton... then what happens in 3 years when he's washed up and Ericsson and Kindl are tearing it up? All for what? THIS TEAM ISf****** STACKED ALREADY
Blink indeed. So you're saying his contract was "brilliant" then, but he's overpaid now? That doesn't make a lick of sense. How can the same contract be brilliant and overpaid?
When a team wins the Stanley Cup, every contract was "brilliant". You do realize the ultimate prize is the Stanley Cup, right? Since Drapers contract, Red Wings have been to the WCF, CUP, SCF, and SQF.... AND HOLLAND IS STILL ICING A STACKEDf****** TEAM THIS YEAR!!!!!! Yet you are still crying? Get over it. His contract isn't that bad. His contract isn't making or breaking the team's success. You have over 10k posts and you are this dumb about hockey. My god you need to get off the internet and read "hockey for dumbies"... Gah
Again, if you had read what I previously wrote, I said a contract should be evaluated on its full term. Not just on a season by season basis. Because of course these guys are going to be worth it on the front end.
Again, Red Wings went to the WCF, CUP, SCF, SCQF, and Holland is still icing one of, (if not the best), team in the NHL this year.
That's pretty ironic considering you missed that I was kidding. Read the sentences directly after the one about Drapers points.
You say so much stupid s***, it's heard to know whats a joke and what is poor logic. Maybe you should stop "kidding" because it makes you look foolish on here.
You're great at putting words in my mouth and inventing arguments so you can shoot them down.
I don't have to put words in your mouth... you say the stupid s*** on your own.
Lol @ Drapers contract is soo bad, yet Wings past 4 years (including this year) looks like this: WCF (lost to the Ducks) :: SCF (won Cup) :: SCF (lost gm 7, entire team was banged and battered) :: Stanley Cup Quarter Finals (exhausted team from 3 previous deep runs were ousted by #1 team in the West, rookie Howard gave up a few back breakers -- but you'll probably blame Draper) Only on LGWs /facepalm
Edited by Heaten, 22 August 2010 - 05:57 PM.