I feel like I'm one of the few people around here who don't think we look too bad going forward. And that our "down years" aren't all that down. We will be as good or better next year than we were this year. Even without Datsyuk. Two years from now we will be really good. We've already got our next first and second line centers in the organization. We've got two higher end goal scorers in Nyquist and Tatar. We have quality supplementary power forwards in Abby and Mantha. And we've got a future franchise goalie. Our defense needs work, and even its not as bad as people think. We are in a position now where our old guys are too old, and our young guys aren't quite there yet. What we need is time, for our next generation to mature. That's it. Chasing guys like Backes or Lucid would only put this team in the same spot its already in...just two or three years from now.
All I want from Holland and company is to commit fully to the kids in the off season, and improve the defense if possible without losing anything significant.
You also thought the offense would really improve under Blash.
Not every team had that amount of money to spend on players, and a lot of the big name guys came here to team up with the crazy amount of big named talent already on our team to win a cup.
How would you know, you were in diapers back then.
On a serious note, I just get tired of people (not you) blaming the lack of a salary cap on the Wings' past success. Yzerman, Fedorov, Lidstrom, Konstantinov, the Grind Line -- these core players were cultivated by the team, not mercenaries bought in to win a championship. The Wings became a winner because they sucked in the 80's and drafted well into the early 90's. Even Shanny coming to Detroit was the result of a 1st round pick.
Seriously how do you have Richards 3 goals and helm 3 goals playing with datsyuk? Who's supposed to score?
I'm okay with Richards. Like Green, he seems to be warming up. Helm, though, should be a permanent 4th liner. Why not switch Jurco with Helm on Dats' line? Let's see once and for all if the kid can play at the NHL level. Give him 10 games with the Magic Man.