I guess we'll see how this pans out, The Rangers have certainly had our number since we moved to the east.
E Marchenko is my guess at full health
Zidlicky would get eaten alive with top pairing minutes against teams in the playoffs. He doesn't have the foot speed nor defensive ability to play in that role anymore. Third pairing and power-play specialist is the ideal spot for him. I can't see Marchenko leaping Smith on the depth chart either.
It's really this simple. Why is this so hard to see?
Because people see 36-years-old and automatically jump to the "typical Holland" conclusion. Which obviously was true for awhile, but this team isn't a bunch of dudes approaching retirement anymore. Two things I love about the Cole move especially: he adds size/physicality and he skates well, which doesn't negate the Wings biggest strength at forward. If Cole was 36 and slow, I wouldn't be as thrilled.
Holland had his best deadline/July 1st moment in years. He definitely deserves a ton of praise for making the Red Wings better for the playoffs, while not sacrificing any of their major pieces of the future.
Holland is the king of the deadline band-aid. Just grab some old broken down players and say you improved the team for the playoffs.
Can't wait to see Babs passive aggressively tossing Cole on the 4th line to rot away.
GET US A DMAN WORTH A DAMN.
18 goals, hits a ton, brings much needed size and physicality qualifies as broken down? It's not like Cole is this 36-year-old slug that can't skate either. Cole does improve the Red Wings for the playoffs -- that isn't just organizational lip service.
YES! What a game. What a road trip. 4-1-1 and they very easily could have won them all. I would have been pleased with six points even going in, but this was exceptional against some really good hockey teams.
Monster was great today. Pretty impressive win without Z, Quincey and Helm. Get back home now and try to secure home ice in the first round at least down the stretch.