Franzen and holland bashing is mindless spam. Throw their names in a lame joke that has nothing to do with what is being discussed. There's about eight of them on each page of every thread
I'm assuming your post was in reference to mine?
Anywho - my point was made in jest - however there's a tad bit of truth as well...
DickieDunn pointed out how Niskanen will make out like a bandit being a UFA come July 1st, but has he the credentials to earn that sizeable payday?
Like Franzen - he hasn't had multiple years of impressive production to warrant a big raise - however so goes UFA in the modern era of the NHL.
Unless he's brain dead - I'm certain Franzen is away of his critics - be it us fans, or the media...My joke involved the notion of having someone else on the team that isn't living up to their expectation (read paycheck) as to take the heat off himself.
Another question I've been asking myself when it comes to what we need/want this offseason is this: What kind of team are we, and what kind of team do we want to be?
It's clear that there's a lot of talent available this offseason. A whole lot of teams aren't happy with the outcomes of their seasons and are looking to shake up their rosters. But just because a guy is talented, or has played the right role in the past, doesn't mean he's a fit. For a few years now I've felt we were a team without an identity. Not skilled enough to be a skill team, not gritty enough to be a gritty team, and not big enough to be a power team. Now we've got some young talent coming along which displays some skill, and was drafted as such. Do we keep going in that direction and try to overwhelm teams with pure skill? Do we augment it with power? Do we augment it with grittiness?
Personally, I think we can't expect playoff success on pure skill. Teams keep us to the outside and block shots. And we don't have the core go completely over to power like a Boston or Anahiem (whose best players are huge). I think the smartest move is to go gritty. Replace just a little bit of high end skill for fast, tough, rough guys. Be like a better version of Montreal or Columbus. Which would preclude acquiring guys like Thornton or Perron. But that's just me.
Wholeheartedly agree about the lack of identity.
The Wings have been clinging to the puck possession game but no longer had enough talent on the roster to make that work effectively, especially on the blueline. But they aren't really built for any clear alternative.
Not to be a pisser, but we sorta do have an 'identity'.....Smaller - skilled - puck possessing - non-confrontational - 'reloading'.
It may not be what we want, but it's what we are...I agree with you guys; I'd like to see this team get a bit tougher to play against, and having a 3rd/4th line that'll plaster opponents along the boards, and drops the mitts whenever it's needed (the broken record that I am).
I keep seeing that argument against Franzen about him being hot in meaningless moments, but I'm not sure where it came from. I remember thinking last season when he was red hot "thank god Franzen is scoring". I don't have the numbers to back this statement up but I remember having the thought that his hot streak last season was clutch. Then when he slowed down Nyquist rocketed forward. My point is I just don't know of "he scores in meaningless situations" really has any validity. If someone has the numbers that say otherwise that's cool, I'll accept that. My feelings on Franzen are mixed, I'm definitely not trying to blindly defend him.
Well - when we need the Mule to step it up - he usually doesn't.
Many will point towards his point production, and his cap value ratio - however he's still getting paid $5 million plus thru the 2015/2016 season...I'm all for using him as part of a package deal.
No. Because he is obnoxious, clearly biased on national broadcasts, annoying, and he gets away with it all.
Maybe I'm getting old, or maybe I don't give a crap, but I can honestly say that I've never heard Mcguire being 'clearly biased'...Yeah - he chats up certain players/teams, but he's doing it because they're exceptional.
QC is very small population wise. Now Bettmen dt say anything about relocation. Their best beat is to get someone to buy the Panthers and move them. east to east thing. I am just not sure a city with less than 800,000 in its metro area can maintain a team. hell Grand rapids has 1.4 million. WE WANT A TEAM! That would be stressful however.
Population means nothing if there's no fan base, or fan of the game itself.
Atlanta, Miami, and Phoenix all come to mind...Seattle wants basketball more than hockey.
The Nordiques average nearly 15,000 in their old barn while in QC, and right now it looks as though Winnipeg is doing ok.
If Bettman/BOG wish to right some of their wrongs - 1 step in the right direction would be to push the Panthers into a sale for a re-location to Quebec City...I just hope they would go back to their old jerseys, and not change like Winnipeg had.
I dunno.....I don't think anything will happen - it's just how Holland is.
IMHO - if the Wings want some size, and toughness - why not spend more time scouting the WHL/OHL/QMJHL?
Instead of drafting some kid in the 3rd round who's 5'10" 160 lbs soaking wet from the Czech Republic - why not take take the kid from Edmonton, Alberta who's 6'4" 215 lbs with a penchant for gritty play?