Throughout most the 90's, and up until the 2003/2004 'Dead Puck Era' - after regulation the chances of seeing a victor in the 5 min OT was about as successful in finding the Loch Ness Monster - Elvis - Bigfoot - you get the picture...
Now - all that said...The shoot out is a gimmick - although it does do away with what I personally despise (tie games)...Dunno what the best move is for the NHL/NHLPA; add more time to OT (maybe add another 5 min with 3 on 3)?
Lets see, one of two players who are on good contracts, are able to man a PP, and are pretty good defensively? I would have parted with one of Nyquist or Tatar and a B level prospect and a 2nd round pick easily.
Why? Because they are under team control, they are relatively young, and they fill a need that doesn't disappear the second week of April.
Again if mediocrity is okay with you, fine. For me I look at this team and ask two questions:
Can this team seriously compete for a Stanley Cup? If yes great. If not then I ask:
Has the team increased it's ability to compete for one in the future.
This trade doesn't make this team a serious cup contender, and it has hurt the team long term.
I will agree with you that this trade really makes us slightly better than before (if that) - however Holland hasn't been the type of GM these past several years to swing a big trade, and there's really nobody he could've gotten without giving up something significant in return.
I also don't feel that giving up the players plus the pick for Legwand is gonna hurt this team at all...It's not like Eaves/Jarnkrok/ draft pick are gonna be game breakers, or All Stars.
Yes, if the Wings go in as they are today, they aren't a contender. If they traded for a legit #1 defenseman, a top 6 winger and a top 6 healthy center, they would be a contender. In this case they have acquired a few players, but its not realistic. Hence why I challenged him on his nonchalant claim that the wings are just a few players away. By this logic every team is a few players away.
Well.....With the way the salary cap works; smart drafting (or should I say lucky drafting); savvy moves by the GM; a solid coach behind the bench.....Yeah - just about anyone can ride momentum going into the playoffs, and there's potential for anyone to beat anyone.
Now with that all said - I do agree with you that some teams are in fact 'favored', but even they can s*** the bed, and end up on the golf course earlier than expected...Look at the NYR circa late 90's to mid 2000's...All that talent with nuthin to show for it.
Okay? And? This kid will be the next Crosby/Malkin/Ovie level player, and possibly better as he is already bigger than Crosby, faster and stronger. This team is in bad need of blue chip young talent, not just boom/bust talent.
And they thought Daigle was gonna be another Lemieux/Gretzky; teams such as then Quebec Nordiques were offering the Sens Sundin/Sakic/Foote/plus draft picks.
All I'm saying is that what ya see in Major Junior/NCAA hockey from 18 yr olds doesn't always translate to when they're 24 yr olds playing in the NHL.
I recall thinking - if I were the Sens GM - I would've taken that deal.....There'd be a bird poop covered statue of me right now in Ottawa.