Good move for the Pens, not such a good move for us. I'm glad, glad I tell you, that we didn't score Iginla. I can't stand that SOB, and the price was too damn high to get him anyway.
I think people are so frustrated with the lack of splashy moves on the part of Holland that each time some serviceable player goes elsewhere, it just makes them foam at the mouth that much more.
Iginla is not a big loss to us - helpful, probably, but not a big loss. The reason it's a bad move for us is because we will be facing a pretty well-stacked team consistently starting next year. While I agree that the Wings have been impressive all things considered, no one can deny that we need to improve in some areas, and PDQ.
I'd be happy with just getting Dekeyser, but a part of me really wants Gaborik. It would bring back a sort of feeling I had watching guys like Fedorov and Hossa flying high in the Winged Wheel. Those guys with breakaway speed like Kane and Wheeler on the Jets are exciting as hell to watch game in game out.
Message to Ray Shero, good job at the deadline....enjoy crunching the numbers all summer trying to re-sign guys when the cap goes down 8 mil.
This offseason will determine whether Ken Holland should still be employed with the Wings organization.
Please put Smith on the Power Play!