That's the thing, Doan is absolutely a competitor. It's what makes him play on and sometimes over the edge.
His comments showed a surprising lack of maturity, but I'd still take him on the Wings in a heartbeat.
I cut him some slack on the comments. Yes, he wasn't a gracious loser, but I think we all say things like that when no one is listening. It was the playoffs. He probably forgot that people outside of the Phoenix area listen to hockey players during the playoffs.
Right or wrong, success is measured by lots of people in Cups.
If Holland gets one of Parise or Suter and we get a Cup, he will be hailed as a genius for getting the right one. If we don't get a Cup, many will be second guessing him and saying he got the wrong one.
If both go for insanely high prices and he just failed to overpay, some will say it was a shrewd move and others will decry him for not trying hard enough.
These are not all people, of course, but it seems like a lot of people have a "what have you done for me lately?" mentality.
Look at Rafalski. He was hailed, then scorned, then respected in retrospect.
I don't think that the moves Holland makes this summer will seal his legacy, but he has a good opportunity to add pieces we need to get another Cup or two.
If he does well, and we get at least one Cup, people will use this summer to make a case for his greatness, but I wouldn't say that when we look back it will difinitively make or break him.
EDIT: Unless he gets Parise, Suter, and trades everyone we don't like for someone a jillion times better and signs them cheap. Then it will make him the greatest, but I don't see that realistically happening. Just had to add it for completeness of thought.
I really kind of hope they let him try out free agency. If we sign someone better, we don't need him. If he can't get anything bigger, we can sign him cheaper.
If we end up needing him and he isn't getting what he wants from other teams, we can always sign him short-term. It's not like he isn't putting up points for us. We can sign him for a one-year contract. That way he'll have another "contract year".
True, he might end up somewhere else and we don't get anyone we're looking at, in which case we'll miss him, but I think it's worth the risk.
Personally, I hope we re-sign him because I love watching how funny veins get when people are ready to explode.
And because my friend is soooooo in love with him.
Step 1) Sign/trade for Bobby Ryan and Colton Orr
Step 2) Do a Vulcan Mind Meld
Step 3) Put Colton Ryan in as a goal-scoring forward to do our fighting.
Step 4) Get Bobby Orr out there to play defense.
Ok, now that I've got the silliness out of my head, I would not mind having Colton Orr on the team.
The enforcer debate has been done to death, and I've given my nickel's worth time and again, but one thing the team seemed to be lacking, especially during the playoffs, was joy.
I know that sounds silly, but they all looked like they were going through the motions- like they were just doing what they were doing but had no purpose.
One thing we always hear about with guys like Downey (for example- not saying "bring him back") is how they lift the spirits of the other guys. They kind of act as an internal cheerleader. They build them up when they need the confidence.
Enforcers are commonly the "funny guy" in the locker room. No, not that way. Get your minds out of the gutter. I mean they're the guy that cracks the jokes and lightens the mood. They get the team up before the big games, and then go to their place in the press box. Or they play and do their duty.
Sure, we need a defenseman. We need a top six guy. We know who most of us want for those spots. July 1st only comes once a year. I'm sure Kenny will be focused on those two, plus any backup plans should those guys get snapped up quickly.
But we also need a guy who can bring the joy of playing hockey back to the locker room. And that, my friends, could very likely be an enforcer.
Sometimes the hardest part of quitting is leaving behind your old friends and finding new ones. It's not just about leaving behind things, it's the people that go with them.
If you're using, you surround yourself with people who use and/or can supply you. They are not the most supportive people to help you quit, especially the ones who are not making money selling to you any more.
I'm glad Mac has found a good woman to keep himself clean, and I wish him luck staying that way.
He's my all-time favourite, so I'm pulling for him.
I'll give it a shot that he runs for some kind of Political Office. as a member of the Teabag friendly GOP. Anyone care to digress with me on what he might actually do?
At the risk of turning this into a political thread, I disagree. I'm a teabagger and I wouldn't vote for him at all.
I think he was serious about family issues. I doubt he is going into politics. He's already proven that he can't handle the political media. He can still do commercials for money, and maybe volunteer for a candidate or organization, but if he needs time to reconnect with family, friends, and faith (as he said in the article), politics is the last place to find those things.