l agree we need blue line to get better but Stamkos is another tier than those 3
Can't believe what I'm reading here people would rather have a known lockerroom cancer (Radulov) and some good - but not Stammer good - players instead of an elite center not even in his prime yet? Yes, the Wings priority #1 needs to be the blueline at all costs but other than drafting into the top 10 or trading for Trouba there is nobody available so the options here are (sadly) limited.
BUT all Stamkos would cost is money, guys of his ilk usually don't make to UFA and people would pass on that opportunity? Seriously the Wings also need to replace an elite #1 center in Pasha because the truth is Z's top 6 center days are over and if Larkin takes a bit of a step back, the Wings would be without a number 1 center. So Stammer would make a lot of sense. The funny thing is, I don't even expect to sign here but taking the afore mentioned guys over him? Wow that's just insane.
I f***en hate when people always say ohhh we could of had that guy with the 48th pick instead of this bust we got! Stupid gm!
It's always nice to look back and what could of been but the same goes forgot every single team , what bugs me is hearing leafs media saying they traded seguin and Hamilton for kessel .... Id say yes likely seguin would of been drafted but no one knows who they would of taken in the 2nd round
Anyways like some have mentioned we traded away a lot of our first rounders and Lost guys to ufa like filppula hudler and traded guys like janmark(were gonna regret that deal for old man cole) and jarnkrok
Anyways I know nobody is "star" yet but there's reasons to be highly optimistic with guys like Larkin athanasiou mantha and some other kids we have coming up like bertuzzi svechnikov and a star goalie in the making in mrazek
Just have to get some help at d and just limit expectations for a couple of seasons while those kids get valuable playing time
On a sidenote .... If the wings get rid of Ericsson/Howard and get significant cap space I say we trade for Bryan bickell if possible and tray and get a 3rd or both of them and send them our 4th and a bottom prospect and send bickell to Grand Rapids if need be
That being said I know bickell is over paid but does someone know if that's the main reason he's not in the nhl now? For cap relieve? Can he skate enough to play? I know he had a big post season a few hears back and he's a big body that we could use , but I'd be more than content to get him and send him to the ahl if we could land a couple of 3rd rounders
We are not going to regret any deals. Get over the fact jarnkork and Janmark are gone. They wouldn't have helped us, and they certainly haven't proven anything either.
The name Talbot will always haunt my dreams after 09. That being said, that 09 team is miles better than this one now. I miss those days. I really miss that 97-98 team. A whole lotta talent mixed with a whole lotta bruising coupled with a chip on their shoulders. That team had a lot to prove and they did it back to back. I guess you can say those losses stung but I remember the Devils Cup sweep and our amazing year in 96 only to be stopped by the scummy Avalanche and those really pissed me off. That 02 team was stacked though. Can't win them all I used to tell myself. Good times. Now it hurts that we barely squeak in and are out in a round every year.
But that's just me. I'm a dreamer...who also played attention in civics class. Now if you'll excuse me, Living Colour's "Cult of Personality" just came on the radio and I need to go practice being slavish.
$5 says you were in diapers when that song came out in 1988.