Off topic, but anyone ever gets the chance to attend a game in Nashville - by all means do it!
Nice arena with plenty of leg room (unlike the Joe), many bars restaurants in the area (awesome BBQ), and some of the nicest folks you can ever meet, and to top it off - they're not a-holes to Red Wing fans.
What hall of famer was benched in favor of the likes of Ty Conklin and Manny Legace? Or how about was told by his former team in his PRIME that his services were no longer needed by a GM who was in love with him?
Should we remove Dom Hasek from the HOF because Osgood took over from him in 2008, and basically was a primary reason why we won the Cup that year, and Osgood was the same netminder who helped us damn near won the Cup again in 2009?
EDIT - Hank may have won the Conn Smythe in 2008, but if you ask me - had Babs not replaced Hasek with Osgood - we never would've won the Cup that year...IMHO - one could argue that Osgood was worthy of that trophy.
Oh good Lord...How the f*** are we going to upgrade our D now? We have 6 D under contract and one spot going to a kid...
Will Holland continue to pay Kindl $2.4M to sit in the pressbox or will he bring up Marchenko and sit (waste) him?
Even if Kindl gets traded, that still leaves a kid in the pressbox if he signs someone... I just think going forward with the corps we have and only having a rookie come up does not bode well for us...
We really need to upgrade this position by signing Green or Franson if possible.
This offseason is turning into a turd. Ya, I am comfortable with going with kids, but why fill all your roster spots before you even see if you can upgrade at a decent price?
I am not even going to waste my day tomorrow seeing everyone else upgrading and Holland sitting still with Cleary, Andersson and Smith being our signings. Sure Weiss is now gone, but that just opens the door for a broken down Franzen to take a roster spot up. IMO, Cleary, Franzn and Smith should have all been gone. RIght now Detroit has $13M in wasted cap space on D in Ericsson, Smith, Q and K. I'd dump all of them to give Green and Franson contract and then fill the rest with kids. Right now our former coach is laughing is ass off...maybe sending Blashill flowers in condolences...
With our luck - there's always an opportunity for a youngster to get ice time courtesy of injuries, and with this upcoming UFA class - outside of Franson - there's not alot of major upgrades available, and some would consider Franson an 'ok' addition to our blueline, and certainly not worth the rumoured $6 million that he could command.
Truth be told - now is the time to see what the kids from GR can do; Blashill is now the coach so he knows these kids well, and since we're not Cup favorites there's no need, or pressure for Holland to pull some dumb stunt by overpaying (thus getting us in cap woes in a few years), or trading for some disgruntled 'star' from another rival who'll in turn cost us our youth/draft picks.
A great offensive dman that doesn't score or set up plays
Well - did he ever get a fair chance under Babs?
I for one would get frustrated with Smith in his own zone, but he always appears to have strengths with skating the puck out, and jumping into the play on the offensive side of things, but under Babs system he always seemed a bit lost when trying to read the plays in his own end of the ice.
EDIT - I forgot - while trying to cover up for his defensive lapses - he'd take the bad pen...At times I thought I could see steam emitting from Babs ears when the camera would focus on him as Smith skated to the box.