Too be honest Salei reminds me a lot of Lilja's first year here.
In Lilja's first year he looked uncomfortable with the system and for every great play he made he matched it up with a bone-head error. The longer Lilja was here the more solid his play and the less bone-headed errors he made.
When I see Salei I see a guy a lot like Lilja. Very solid defensively at times but also prone to be in the wrong place frequently.
That's a tough choice because the game is so different now. Hudler isn't fleet of foot by any means but he's far more suited to today's game than the other two. My first instinct was to pick Kocur since he'd be my all time favourite #26 to wear the winged wheel, but if we're talking about NHL hockey in 2010 I have to pick the guy who plays a style suited to winning in today's NHL.
You mean a soft euro who is overpaid, plays lazy along the boards, gets knocked off the puck and doesn't go to the net?
Yeah, Hudler is so good for our winning style. Where would we be without him?
Holland and Babcock expected a better turnout from Hudler.
Using hindsight to justify why we should have done A instead of B is ridiculous. I don't see how adding either of those players would have improved our team a great deal anyways. It's not like either of them is storming the trenches with solid play.
Depends on what your definition of solid play is. I just wanted a few grinders on the team instead of skilled players who would be put in situations they're not comfortable with, such as playing on the 3rd line.
Granted, Modano and Hudler have gotten more than enough playing time imo, but they just don't look like good fits right now with the Wings. A solid 4th liner would have been a good fit and would have allowed someone like Helm or Abby to play on the 3rd line with Cleary and get more playing time, which both those guys deserve.