Zetterberg, Datsuyk, Abdelkater
Alfredsson, Weiss ,Franzen
Tatar, Helm, Nyquist
Miller, Anderson, whoever you want
Looks pretty good to me
Our two big signings in Weiss and Alfredsson are pretty good accusations. They make us a competitive team once again. For those of you saying that signing both of these players is a wash because we lost Filpulla and Brunner your crazy and/are not looking at the big picture. We lose Filpulla. A guy that drove most diehard wing fans nuts. He never peaked into the second line center he was suppose to be, he just kind of floated on the wing in our top 6. He is a very strong third line center but for 5 mil no thanks. As for “one hand on stick without the puck” Brunner (which drove me off the wall) he is replaceable. He had some sweet hands and some crazy offensive talent. He looked like he could be a prominent scorer in the NHL, but Problem is Brunner is not a top 6 forward yet. He is a great third line player, but we have Tatar for cheaper so bye bye Damien. As for our two free agent signings, Weiss a legit second line center that was “buried in Florida” as they call it. What he will bring is somewhat “unknown” but he is a second line center who is a playmaker and one that is not afraid to shoot the puck. That speaks wonders for our team. Not to mention via conference call he said he wanted to play for the wings. He dreamed of playing for us and said he would fit in our “style” if I am not mistaken he also played junior nearby in Plymouth. As for Daniel Alfredsson it feels a little funny to have him on our roster. He is also very old... But all in all he should do not too bad. He is not having to be “the guy “anymore. It’s a great fit with him being a shooter and being right handed. For those worried about his age he did play upwards of 19 minutes a game in Ottawa so I think he will be fine. We are a better team up front so stop looking at it as loose two assets, gain two assets type of thing.
We now have the ability to put the euro twins together full time or more often. And thank god cause we were all getting sick of watching Dats play on a crap line all of the time. We also have a third line that could be deadly. A solid 4th line also. I think this year will be the real deal for the Redwings up front. Our forward group now looks scary good so look out NHL. (and how could I forget to mention that we are stuck with Michael freaking Samuelsson former 30 goal scorer, Boo yaa!)
Moving onto our defense it’s looking like pretty much “unknown” I like our group and I like their potential. Although I am not too sure our defense is going to be as good as most of you think. Rookies are going to have some growing pains and they could be painful. On the other hand our defense could flourish. They are young and got some much needed experience last regular season, and in the playoffs. I will be curious to see how Danny DeKeyser plays. He looked amazing when he first started and came to the team. Was that cause he was new and under the radar? Or is he the real deal? His grand rapids playoff stint wasn’t great, but he was coming off an injury. I have huge hopes for him and he looks like very promising prospect.
Goaltending = Howard.
As for my EXPECTIONS for the team all I can say is we are going to be a very competitive team. Getting a 2nd line center was HUGE. Too bad it wasn’t Vinny because that would have been amazing. Although if his pace is actually falling drastically then it is probably for the better long term that we didn’t add him. We have a good team and I can’t wait for the season to start because it looks very promising . So people stop your complaining and go enjoy your summer. The Detroit Redwings “ will be okay”.