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.
If you owned the rights to Kesler and Edler and you had a professional staff of scouts devoted to scouting and informing you on the players coming in, would you trade those rights for the package you just suggested?
Posted by F.Michael
on 19 February 2014 - 01:23 PM
From the link above...
The failure of the KHL and NHL players on the roster to blend into a cohesive team was clear and apparent. There were rumors in the past few days of tension in the Russian camp, and at the heart of it was the KHL-NHL issue. Why in the world was Alexander Popov playing on the top line with Ovechkin and Malkin the past two games? Why was KHL defenseman Evgeni Medvedev among the leaders in ice time on the team, playing more than NHLers such as Fedor Tyutin and Alexei Emelin?
Why? Because the KHL and Russian hockey hoped to use the world's biggest hockey games as a propaganda tool for the Russian professional league that vies to rival the NHL. Well, that was a complete and utter disaster.
Does anyone believe that the KHL is on a similar level of play than the NHL?
Seems as though those in charge of the Russian Olympic squad have their heads in the sand.
Posted by F.Michael
on 15 February 2014 - 10:40 AM
They were my prediction to win the west this year. Their team is so strong top to bottom. Them and Boston is the finals I predict and would actually love to see. Shattenkirk is a very good player as well. Didn't look to get too much ice time today (I could be wrong though), but he's a good guy to fall back on if needed to step up.
Blues vs Bruins is something I can get behind, and cheer on the Blues...I've been to St.Louis a handful of times; really nice folks, and great hockey fans (and unlike Chicago you can wear your Red Wings gear, and not be threatened)...If there's a franchise out there along with a fan base that deserves to have a shot at winning the Cup - I'm thinking the Blues would be at, or near the top of that list.