... Commodore never got a fair shake last year from what I seen. I don't think it's fair to say he did or did not fit in when he didn't get a great opportunity to do so.
I agree to a certain extent, but overall I don't think Commodore has the puck moving abilities that the Dmen must have in order to be effective while playing in Detroit...JBo does have that ability.
Ian White has spent the majority of his career with Toronto, then Calgary, then Carolina, before finally playing 23 games with SJ and 77 with Detroit. Bouwmeester to me is another player we look at and say, "but playing here with better partners could provide a spark!". Who is he supposed to play with to improve his numbers?
I think his numbers with remain exactly the same, and he'll be crucified every game for getting burned defensively. The defense is in transition and he isn't the cure, just an expensive scapegoat. We'd be doing Calgary a huge favor, not matter who we give up, and with the cap likely going down, we could be in a lot of trouble for the next two years instead of staying afloat with cap-space.
I think it's pretty safe to say the Red Wings as a whole is a better team than the Flames...Even though the Wings are on a slide - I still feel we have a good chance at making the playoffs (albeit 6th thru 8th seed)...As for the Flames - even with Huddles - will be hitting the links come spring - with, or without JBo.
That said - I feel JBo could excel in an atmosphere like Detroit where skill is still emphasized over physicality.
three things i think are important to remember:
philly is most likely very desperate for a defenseman and could be driving the price up making any deal harder to swallow.
the flames don't have to trade bouwmeester. sure they might have some problems if the cap goes down, but they could keep bouwmeester all season and be just fine. it seems like a lot of our fans think that calgary needs to do a salary dump and we are doing them a favor and can just give them scraps back.
the flames have always been weak at center. that would mean filppula would have to be the prime piece they are looking to get back. i believe they even plan on trying cammalleri at center since they dont have any top 6 centers to speak of. i think we should keep that in mind as we throw around proposals as i think they would have little use for guys like franzen, cleary, mursak, etc.
And truth be told - is Filppula gonna continue to be a 60 plus pts guy from now on, or will he return to his previous 35 to 40 pts per season?
I'm thinking the latter.