Cleary, Bertuzzi can only be considered bad deals if you look at it with a hindsight perspective (both have factored in well to our team prior to their current deals); Sammy and Colaiacovo are bad deals only due to their long injury time (they've played less than 10 games between them if I'm not mistaken); and Gustavsson has played perfectly fine as far as being a backup goalie goes, he's had bad games but I blame lapses from the team as a whole rather than him as an individual. I don't see how we are not going to the playoffs with the team we have... we currently sit 7th and 3 points out of 4th, 4 points ahead of 9th. We can go up or down depending on how the players play, even with this team as is.
Our "prospects" made up a good chunk of our team if you didn't notice. Andersson has been great in his role, Tatar scored a few on a team that severely lacks in offense, Emmerton has done fine, Nyquist needs size but he's fine; Lashoff and Smith are a huge part of the reason we aren't bottom dwellers. Sure they're not superstars ala Zetterberg and Datsyuk, but I am not so sure they were ever expected to be the next "Euro Twins"
Basically, we don't stand a chance at winning a cup if we don't add to our team, but there is absolutely no reason in the world why we should trade away our future and just delay a rebuilding phase another year, maybe even making it worse in the process. I doubt Holland will be able to make anything big happen tomorrow, but that doesn't mean we won't be making the playoffs.
Everyone around us in the standings, with the possible exception of St. Louis, has started to heat up and stands to add. We are staying the same with everyone around us getting better. We were high enough in the standings last year that we could stand the type of hideous collapse we had.
Simply put, that's a recipe for missing the playoffs.
Smith has been either ineffective or terrible in his own zone. He has supremely disappointed me. A guy with his talent SHOULD NOT be as invisible as he is on a nightly basis.
You don't have to trade away your future. One prospect and a draft pick IS NOT the future. If that's the case, the farm system is EXTREMELY shallow.
Edited by DetroitRedWings1993, 02 April 2013 - 04:08 PM.