Watching Carcillo spout off is so much fun. He just looks hilarious with his dirty stache and missing teeth. I really wish Kopy and him would have thrown down there. Probably would have ended up rather funny.
Since the Hockey Gods have pissed on the Wings all year, Kopecky would probably KO Carcillo with one punch.
Then Leino will demolish Bufflin with a bodycheck at center ice.
Joe Thornton. Anze Kopitar. Evgeni Malkin. Sidney Crosby. Eric Staal. Vincent Lecavalier. Nik Antropov. Antoine Vermette. Scott Gomez. Jason Spezza. Mike Ribiero. Some of these guys are downright atrocious defensively, some are basically average. None are "responsible" as you quantify it, because none are better than Hudler defensively, at least not significantly, and most are MUCH worse than Hudler defensively.
Yes, the center position is typically the defensive lock on a line. But not by any means always. Remember Gretzky's regular lines in Edmonton? Semenko/Gretzky/Kurri. Anderson/Gretzky/Kurri. Tikkanen/Gretzky/Kurri. Semenko/Gretzky/Anderson. That last one is the only one that doesn't include a Selke winner, and Anderson was no slouch defensively. Kurri and Tikkanen were Selke contenders their entire careers. Kurri continued on and was Gretzky's winger in LA as well. Tikkanen rejoined Gretzky on a line briefly in 1995-96. After signing with the New York Rangers that summer, Gretzky would play on the second line, with Luc Robitaille again on his wing, but he would also get one of the league's better defensive specilists in Niklas Sundstrom on the other side.
So what's wrong with an excellent playmaking center if one of his wingers can play the lock-down role effectively? Nothing if he does his job well.
We have better centers than him and are loaded at that position.
Besides, he's not in the same class of player offensively as most of the guys you mentioned. A superstar center can get away with being bad defensively. Hudler is not a superstar.
As for guys like Antropov, they're a joke, so let's not compare him to anyone like that. That's not what we need.
I don't think he was better this year than last year.
You can say that about the whole team I guess, but I think we've seen his peak as a player. Hopefully he stays at this level for a few more years.
Anyone who thinks otherwise is just another biased LGW member who expects Datsyuk to score 120 points next year and for Hank to hit 50 goals, while Hudler scores 80 points. Tired of these unrealistic expectations.
He didn't have the kind of season a guy like that should have had.
I'm guessing that Yzerman will heavily target former or current Wings players, to try and draw them to Tampa.
We see this all the time in sports, when a new coach or GM tries to bring in players that they're familiar with and have played with before.
I don't think any star players will follow him there, but I wouldn't be surprised if guys like Maltby or Draper end up finishing their careers in Tampa now. Maybe Lilja if the Wings don't bring him back. Hey, when is Fedorov's contract up in Russia?
Anyway, I expect to see an increase in former Wings players on Tampa's roster.
No, you wavered on that, though you leaned heavily on not making it. As you did all season. Sorry your BS comes back to bite you, but calling me a troll because you run your mouth and make stupid predictions and someone holds you accountable is pretty weak.
You = ESPN hockey coverage
What came back to bite me? Last I checked, I have no bite marks on me.
I called you a troll because you're always trying to goad me into something. Yeah I said we wouldn't be a 5 seed. You don't have to bring it up every freaking time you respond to me.
I'm just tired of your crap and wish you'd stop responding to me altogether since you seem to have some problem with me.