I wish I could post pics on mobile, but some guy on reddit runs a tshirt biz, and Scott had had tshirts made for all his ASG teammates. NHL really botched this one. Sent the guy across a continent with his wife about to give birth to twins all because the don't want him to play in the ASG.
The entire Montreal franchise is a joke for agreeing to this farce of a trade. They have no intention of calling up Scott and are basically kissing the league's ass.
I liked our 2008 team because we had speed/ skill guys like Dats, Z, Hudler, Filpula, Helm but also had grit players like Chelios, Stuart, Downey, Maltby, McCarty, Samuelsson, (wow we had a lot of gritty guys back then)
The balance works. I'm all for Okposo if there was a guarantee he would sign. Okposo has good size for a winger imo.
I agree with your post, but Samuelsson was not gritty.
No f***ing rentals! I don't want anything to do with anymore Legwand, Cole , Zidlicky type deals... If we're trading for a player, giving up assets, go after a player that can help us this year, as well as the coming years. No more way past their prime players, go after youth. We're not one player away from being Cup favorites, but we're definitely building a contender for the near future. We have some really nice pieces, but most are still too young, keep building this team up. I'd rather be sellers than buyers at the deadline, unless there's an actual "hockey trade" that can be made to bring in a top pairing defenseman...
I wouldn't mind us going after Jagr and Scott as rentals. Two All Stars who could help us fill our needs somewhat. We likely wouldn't have to give up much for either.
I must admit that I was surprised Crosby was left off the roster, it makes no sense to me. He's he had an absolute horrible start to the season...but that's also by his standards, his offensive stats are still better than almost half the forwards on the roster (10 of 24). The all star games if for the kids and for your corporate sponsors, you want to showcase your stars...it's mind boggling that he wouldn't be selected unless there have been behind the scenes requests to leave him off due to nagging injury (playing through but doesn't want to end up in situation he and other players have been before with the AS game).
Crazy to think though, he's actually only played in 1 all star game. He would have been there based on performance every year, but missed 5 due to injury, 3 due to Olympics and 2 due to lockout.
John Scott will take care of the sponsors and the kids.
I'm not sure what Wings fans want or think about young talent anymore. There was a significant portion of fans prior to the season telling us he'll be good but must suffer the lower leagues before we saw him for some magical number of years.
The kid has played at an elite level since he started and there's absolutely no one I would trade him for. His stats are on par with the best in the league and he will get nothing but better as he plays with top end talent. He's elite.
You wouldn't trade him for McDavid, Tavares or Benn?