I am very excited to see what Blashill can do with this team. But what I am most excited about is there are no guarantees where players will line up on the roster... Will Ericsson remain on the top pair? Will Smith get a look on the power-play? Will Weiss have a chance at the 2nd line center spot? Will Jurco be in the top 6(9)? Will Pulkkinen be utilized better in the offensive zone (left side faceoff circle), Will Abdelkader / Helm remain in the top 6 (not necessarily saying they shouldn't...)? Will Ferraro / Callahan get a look on the 4th line? A lot of question marks... Going to be an exciting training camp. Can't wait!!!
Since '10 we haven't gotten through the second round.
As a "special consultant". You know who else is a "special consultant" to the Red Wings. Chelios and Lidstrom. It would be a stretch to attribute the team's successes or failures to "special consultants".
You're reaching dude.
You can search the entire world over, and you will not find ANYONE who's a better NHL General Manager than Holland. He's got the hardware to prove it. He is, literally, the most accomplished executive in the business. Period. Fin.
So I'm not really sure what you're trying to do here, say that he should be replaced with someone better? There isn't anyone. Demonstrably so. Or are you saying that he's really not that good, and that his underlings did all the work? Which would be silly, because the team was arguably MORE successful when he was the underling.
No matter how you cut it, he's the most competent person at his job...by af****** mile.
The series goes to 7 games. The first 6 are 1-0. All goals are scored when the puck bounces off someone standing in front of the net pointing a finger at an opposing player and whining about something.
By game 7, they have all learned to stand and cry without pointing. In the intermission before the 7th overtime of a 0-0 game, Steve Yzerman visits the locker room and asks to speak to Filppula. He has brought with him a medium who looks deeply into Flip's dreamy... blue... ey...........
Oh, sorry. But. Those eyes...
She asks him to recall a previous life. She sees the colour red. He blinks. He stares at Yzerman. He sees the Cup Rings on Yzerman's hand. Where has he seen that before?
Then it comes to him! The heart of a Bolt remembers! It is transformed into the heart of a Wing!
And what happened next? Well, in Whoville, they say, that Filppula's balls grew three sizes that day!
He skates onto the ice, wins the face-off, takes the puck himself, skates between the Canadiens players who are crying about an unfair puck drop.
He scores, winning the series for the Lightning. A breathless Cooper asks him, "How did you do it?" Filppula proudly replies, "I'm a Red Wing! I cheated."
Then they go on to get blown away in the next series and we all live happily ever after. The end.
They came to play tonight. Didn't do their way. Enjoyed the season. It wouldn't shock me to hear Z and D are both battling injuries. As always, an interesting off season. More than anything, I'm just bummed no more Red Wings hockey until October I wanted it to last just a little longer.
I am so freaking amped up already. I work right next to the Verizon Center in D.C. and last night there were Caps and Islanders fans all over the place going NUTS for the game. I haven't been able to relax since then. Today would only be better if I were in Detroit.
Wings win. 3-1. Goals by Sheahan, Kronwall, and an empty netter by Glendening. Screw Tampa. The Wings rule! Detroit rules! Lafayette coneys rule!