That would be incredible stupid, Babcock although not having a great roster - an average one at best - managed to still keep this team in the playoff race thats a huge accomplishment. Tippet is one heck of a trainer,but he is not Mike Babcock.
Jay-Bouwmeester would be great and easily be the Wings best defenseman, I think all he needs is a change of scenery to blossom again. The guy was an absolute powerhorse on the backend for the Panthers a few years ago.
Average at best???
WE have 2 of the 10 best players in the league, one of the top 10 d-men in the league an above average (at the very least) starting goaltender and solid cast around them.
Kronwall is much better than Bouwmeester
JBO would make the Wings better. He is the perfect #2 dman. Problem is the Wings do not have a legit #1 guy. Kronwall is also an ideal #2 guy. The only problem with trading for JBO is his salary. He is simply not worth the 6.68 mil a season he is currently being paid. However he only has 1 more year left on his deal.
Pehaps Kenny is thinking of trading for JBO now while he is relatively cheap (due to his big salary) and then sign him to a contract extension at a lower rate (5.5 mil).
A top 4 of Kronwall, Ericsson, Quincey and JBO is not great but it's better than what we have right now. Add in Smith, Kindl, Lashoff and hopefully Dekeyser and things are looking better on the Wings blueline. Sproul and Ouellette are down the road.
I don't see spots for White (UFA) or Colaiacovo. Hopefully Kenny buys out Cola this summer.
I see Kenny having a price he is willing to pay for JBO and if Feaster exceeds it then he will pull out. Something like Ferraro, (b grade defense prospect and a 1st) may get it done. The Iginla trade likely lowered the price as the Pens did not give up any player on its current roster. I am not sure how willing Kenny is to surrender his 1st round pick seeing as how he gave one up for Quincey last year. We'll see what happens.
Kronwall is not a legit #1???
Who is then? Name 15 better d-men.
Edited by Johnz96, 29 March 2013 - 08:21 AM.