Good deal, although I think a longer term might have been better. It would have let the Wings save some cap space for the future, now if he continues to progress he will probably earn 5-7 mil in 2 years after current deal is up.
Now thinking about it the hold-up might have been Holland trying to sign DD to a longer deal at a smaller cap, and DD may have been happier with a shorter deal--which gives him the possibility to make more after this deal is up. I don't know-- I'm just happy it's done.
Good idea, but could be abused. Baseball have implemented the coach's challenge quite well this year IMO.
I guess you could use a bench minor as a deterrent if the coach is wrong, ala what happened when Bob Hartley tried to get Hasek's stick measured in 02.
I don't want to get off topic but the coaches challenge in baseball has been atrociously used. It was supposed to speed up the game--while getting the call right. Instead we have managers coming onto the field -slowly- while looking into the dugout at the bench coach (who is on the phone with the replay coach) to get the thumbs up or down on whether to challenge or not. The umpire has to make the call quickly, so the mangers should decide whether they want to challenge just as quick.
My point being that I don't mind the coaches challenge being implemented in the NHL, I just don't want to see the same process being used as in baseball.
While some of the rule changes are idiotic, my biggest concern doesn't involve the rule changes per se. It stems from the fact that the NHL seems to think that it's a good idea giving refs who have struggled to properly interpret rules in the past, even more rules that are open to interpretation. Get ready for more confusion on the ice, especially with the tripping rules.