Targeting Green, Face to Face, Kick Tires, We Like Our Team...I agree with all of you, if Holland does acquire Green, it will be at a ridiculous price paid. Too much, I think, for any of us to like. I do like the fact that there is attempts to get a player to help this team, but after this disastrous off season, Green would just walk anyway. Why would he want to play here? He could take a lot less (or not be lowballed by Holland) to go to a team that has a better chance to win. Holland WILL lowball him next summer, Green WILL sign with a different team for cheaper or a bit higher because they are a better team. Unfortunately for Holland the UFA Extravaganza is more than over, so he needs to go back to acquiring the players via trade...and that means draft picks and players. You once traded one of your best playoff performers (Kozlov) for a gaping hole need (Hasek.) Make the move, up the ante a bit. Offer a NHL player in place of that top prospect. Helm, Franzen, Ericsson, Smith, Andersson...do not overpay, but you can sweeten the deal with a NHL regular rather than a top prospect.
A goalie a few years removed from a Cup victory playing behind the Hall of Fame roster is a gaping hole need? I think not. Was it a crazy opportunity to get a legendary goalie? Sure. I'm not taking anything away from Hasek, but Osgood would've won that Cup in 2002 for us.
I admit that I was excited about the Hasek move initially like most, despite what it meant for Osgood and Kozlov, but I was never convinced we needed to do it. The guy was great, no doubt, and I have a lot of respect for the way he carried himself after getting pulled in 2008. But again, I just don't think it was a move that needed to be made, and I think it was short-sighted to move Kozlov for the very reason you mentioned. And the drama that Hasek brought into the organization as time went on did not do us any favors at all.
Osgood is not a legendary individual goalie like Hasek, but he's always been underrated, and he definitely proved more than a few times that he knows how to get the job done in the playoffs. He had off post-seasons, but so does every goalie. No goalie is lights out every year, and the reality of the matter is that more often than not, Osgood wasn't the reason the Wings were folding in the playoffs. Had we stuck with Osgood in 2002, I think we still win that Cup, and moving forward, we have a team that is ultimately more stable in the goaltending department. Skip the whole Cujo/Hasek drama, skip Manny Legace deluding himself into believing he's a legit starter and his playoff implosions, stick with the guy who started and finished a Red Wing, brought us two Cups, and came within one game of bringing us a third despite a depleted roster. And hell, maybe with a little less goalie drama in the years that followed 2002 when we still had a solid team, we might've gotten close or even won another.
Again, I don't mean to take anything away from Hasek's status as one of the all-time great goalies, but I don't think we needed him, and I think we paid a much higher price for making that move than it was worth in the long run.
Edited by gcom007, 14 July 2014 - 12:20 PM.