Kovalev is pretty much a stereotypical Russian hockey player, tons of talent zero heart.
That's because these guys are rich, spoiled athletes.
In the days of the Red Army hockey teams, those players lived in apartments and got paid as much money as you and I. They also trained 12 months a year. Those guys didn't have this lazy, white collar attitude that the Russian hockey players have nowadays when they come over to the US. That's guaranteed millions for you and a chance to live in America.
So your statement wasn't entirely fair. Kovalev is the stereotypical, "modern day" Russian hockey player.
When one of your scorers takes you to arbitration, thus delaying you for a month, during which time all of the good free-agent forwards are signed, and then bolts for Russia, what do you do? You sign the guys who are still available. Williams was one of the few, and he had scored 20 goals in the prior season.
Holland traded him in 2007 because he knew that Williams was a soft, lazy player. He freaking traded him for Kyle Calder for pete's sake.
Re-signing him was as dumb a move as Holland has made.
Yeah, because Kenny is the worst GM in the world, right? Because he'd do something this stupid, right?
No, wait. Why would this not surprise you? It'd be a terrible move. Kenny is not an imbecile and has no history of doing this sort of thing. I can only think that this is yet another insensible criticism of Holland.
I still think they're a bad matchup for the Wings. We didn't do much in the offseason to change that in my mind.
They have a big, physical team and I don't think our forwards are big or physical enough to bring it every game on the forecheck against them. The Wings played well towards the end of the series, but still lost. I just don't like our chances if we play them again.
I also agree that San Jose folds in the Conference Finals, but that didn't matter against the Wings since we faced them in the 2nd round.
If Ed Belfour made it to the hall of fame, Chris Osgood is in.
#30 will no longer be worn by a member of the Detroit Red Wings. #5 will no longer be worn by a member of the Detroit Red Wings post-Lidstrom.
Shanahan won't have his number retired here, because he played in too many places (HFD, NJ, NYR, DET, STL)
McCarty won't have his number retired here because aside from flattening Fraude Ledouche in 1997 and scoring the 97 cup winner, what else has he really done? Went to Calgary, had problems, came back, retired.
Belfour was one of the 3 or 4 best goalies in the world for about 10 years.
Keeping Helm around is a no-brainer as far as I'm concerned. Abby on the other hand, well I don't think it's quite as clear cut & the only way Happy sticks around is if he has a monster season in 2011-12. I really don't see that happening though.
Abby didn't do s*** last year in the regular season, and especially in the playoffs.
I don't see much improvement in his game and he hardly seems indispensable. The stupid penalties and lack of fighting doesn't help either.
We can find better 4th liners all around the league.