Stewart, Semin, Franson, a big pile of nope. Let them be someone else's problem.
As much as I'd love to see a trade for another top 4 dman (to replace Ericsson), I only see players getting moved for picks/prospects at this point. Unless a GM out there happens to be shopping someone Holland wants. But taking up more roster spots for the players left on the market makes no sense. The team has enough depth to wait for the right players.
It seems like the hall of fame inductance has really boosted Feds case. I think this solidifies #13. Not so sure about #40 yet. I hope Z ends up breaking Yzerman's franchise record for playoff goals. He needs 15 more. That would be a huge accomplishment among other things he's got going.
I can't imagine a word where one euro twin is in the rafter without the other. Both are very special players and have been equally important to this team for many years.
I completely agree about it solidifying #13, and I don't see z not breaking that record, and when he does you almost have to retire #41 too...
The c on his sweater helps his case as well.
So your position is that Crosby is elite, and might improve Kessel's play, but then again might not? Bold.
My position is that it's very likely he does make Kessel better, but that s*** happens and there is no such thing as a sure thing. Common sense, really. What is life like in your everything is a 100% sure thing fantasty land?
This move, along with a new coach will completely change the makeup of our defense. A lot more puck moving skill, ability for a much more up tempo game, a lot more d jumping into the rush. All while still having guys capable of being responsible in their own end. I'm pumped that the hopes and dreams of getting Franson will be put to rest.
I like how everybody on LGW thinks they are 100% right, but never takes a bet. The point of contention is that I don't think Crosby will significantly impact Kessel's goal scoring. They do. Easy enough to see who's right, who's wrong, and who's just arguing for the sake of it.
To be fair, nobody on this site falls in the "i'm always right" category more then you.
Crosby will make Kessel better. That's what great players do. Hockey 101.
Crosby is one of the best players in the world, and certainly the best center Kunitz ever played with, and in only one, outlier, year did he significantly improve Kunitz' goal total. Every other year in Pittsburgh Kunitz has been exactly what he was emerging into in Anaheim, a mid 20s goal scorer.
Likewise, Pavel Datsyuk is by far the best center Hossa ever played with, and he made Hossa a 40 goal scorer...something that Hossa had done four times before ever playing with Datsyuk. Hell, he didn't even reach his goal scoring zenith with Datsyuk feeding him. At least you could argue that Crosby and Kunitz did that together (albeit an outlier). Hossa was a BETTER goal scorer without Datsyuk.
But I'll make it easier. I'll bet you $100 dollars, to a charity of your choice, if Crosby significantly improves Kessel's goal scoring (since that was the original point of debate). Since Kessel is already one of the best goal scorers in the league, and since Crosby is one of the best centers in the league, a "significant improvement" in Kessel's goal scoring should equate to him ending the season top three in goal scoring and/or scoring 50 goals.
I like how you always try to use betting $100 to win arguments.