I'm surprised there aren't more people crying,"Why didn't Ken Holland make the trade for Hamilton?!" Or "We could have offered more!!"
As if the Bruins would have any interest in sending one of their guys to a division rival.
My reaction was "Damn, I wish we were still in the west"
No s***. Just take the guy to arbitration, get him signed to a reasonable bridge deal, and shed whatever salary (Chara, Lucic, Eriksson) necessary to keep him around. I don't really get it either. They hamstrung themselves on the return the minute the chose to move him as opposed to a half dozen other cap killers on their s***ty roster.
Right? Hamilton and Seguin were two guys they should have been building their team around. Now they have neither. While at times it does feel like Holland does play it a little too safe, it is comforting to know he'd never do stupid s*** like this.
Boston is on the verge of some tough times. I don't understand what they are doing at all. I get that they have to shed salary, but why Hamilton? I mean, good for us that Boston becomes a weaker team. But I guess firing their previous GM did nothing to change trading away their youth.
The Rangers have had as much success as Tampa in the last three years. And Sather didn't inherit a couple of 1st and second overall superstars. If anything, he's done as much, with less.
I don't consider signing the biggest ufa's almost every year, then trade them because it ends up a bad contract being a great gm at all. You throw enough s*** at the wall, eventually something is gonna stick. What they gave up for Yandle will also come back to bite them in the ass at some point.
I guess the question the NHL needed to ask was, "does a 3 on 3 victory become any more legitimate than winning a shootout?"
I answer that question in the negative. The NHL apparently doesn't think so.
Of course it does. Even in 3 on 3 hockey, they actually still play hockey. And while rare, 3 on 3 does happen in game situations. In a perfect world, players would never tire and we would never have to worry about working early the next morning and have continuous ot all season long.
Ties don't fix the problem unless we keep the loser point. If there is no loser point, OT would be played safe so both teams can keep their point. That's boring. Shootouts as a last resort is not going to go away. 3 on 3 OT is the best way to ever prevent it from getting there.
Jonathan Toews > > > Henrik Zetterberg AND Pavel Datsyuk
Toewser has it all!!!
Member of the Triple Gold Club - World Championship Gold Medal, Olympic Gold Medal, Stanley Cup (youngest ever)
2 time Olympic Gold Medalist
Named Captain of the Chicago Blackhawks after just 64 NHL Games (4th youngest ever)
4 time NHL All-Star
3 time Stanley Cup Winner
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner (2nd youngest ever)
Frank J. Selke Trophy Winner
Oh yeah and hes just 27 years old......................
and has the hottest WAG EVER!!! Lindsey Vecchione.
I bet he has a huge **** too LOL.
He is a phenomenal player, no doubt. Little creepy at the end there, however. But if it helps you sleep at night, yes, Toews in his prime is better than 35+ Datsyuk and Zetterberg. Nobody would disagree with that. Toews, Datsyuk and Zetterberg when comparing their primes were/are greats. It is actually a crime Hank never won any Selke trophies. And if the Eurotwins had the benefit of playing on some of the teams as stacked as Canada, they'd have no doubt been members of the triple gold club as well.
But enjoy it while you can! Great players don't stay young forever, as us Wings fans know very well. We've enjoyed cups with two generations of Wings already, while you guys are still on the first. Judging by your one and only post here, you guys probably won't handle the eventual downfall very well. We have the luxury of finding these great players while never drafting high. Time will tell if the Blackhawks can do the same. My guess is Wings fans will get a lot of enjoyment at your expense once Toews and Kane hit their mid 30's.
He gave up 14 goals in the 4 games he lost to Tampa. He gave up 14 goals in the 4 games he lost to Los Angeles last year. Gave up 13 goals in the 4 games he lost to Boston the year before that. Gave up 15 goals in the four games he lost to NEW JERSEY the year before that.
Jonathan Quick or Tim Thomas he ain't. That's all I'm saying. He's pretty pedestrian when it matters.
His offense would have had to average 4 goals a game to win any of those games. Kinda hard to blame them.
His offense scored zero goals in game 7 vs Tampa. But yes, all Henrik's fault
For an organization rapidly embracing a full youth movement, there doesn't seem to be much logic behind giving up Mantha and/or a first round pick. I personally don't buy it and hope Holland stays the course at this point. If drafting and developing is your thing, then you don't sacrifice that for Dion Phaneuf. Maybe three years ago with a younger Pav and Z, but not anymore.
Agree 100%, unless we can land a top pairing dman in/entering their prime.