It will be good in the offseason to have eight NHL-caliber defensemen.
Given the weakness of the UFA class last offseason, he couldn't really afford to leave a big gap on defense. Kindl was unproven. Had Rafalski not retired, and had White been brought in anyway, Ericsson would have been unnecessary.
Maybe, but that's his job. The forecast didn't turn out right in this case.
I don't remember if Ericsson has a no-trade clause, or if anyone will want him even if he doesn't have one. But like I said, we're likely stuck paying that big contract to a guy who'll be scratched a lot. Kind of like Jeff Finger.
Smith should have been starting all season over those two.
I still don't know why Holland paid so much money to Ericsson, when he could easily be replaced with guys like Smith, Kindl, or any other defenseman we sign in the offseason.
EDIT: Forgot about Quincey. He's another reason why Ericsson should have no place on this team in the future. However, now we could be stuck paying 3.5 million to a guy who's not even in the starting lineup. Bad move by Holland either way you look at it.
More importantly, will a suspension deter Kronwall from going after monster hits again?
We know he isn't exactly a guy that goes for the big hit on every shift. This could change the way he plays the game somewhat. He's not a Rinaldo or Clutterbuck type player that needs to hit in order to stay in the league.
Because they have no toughness. After that kind of hit teams should be SCARED to touch the puck. What happened? Philly played the goon game, we didn't capitalize and now the Wings are scared to touch the puck.
And once again, we have a tougher lineup out there tonight than Philly.
Do Holland and Babcock neuter these guys before the game? We can handle thisf****** team physically. They're not the '82 Flyers.