You really expect Fedorov, who is the GM of Radulov's current team, and who is trying to re-sign him for his club, would help Detroit sign him instead?
I don't think that's what he meant. Fedorov has ties to Detroit. Of course, he wants him back on his club, but if Radulov decides to leave for the NHL (which he already has publicly stated), then Fedorov might be instrumental in giving Holland strong feedback on the kind of player he has become in the KHL and what kind of career he can have in the NHL at this point.
You are aware what 4 million a year gets you these days right? E is an inconsistent mess and I wish the 4 million dollars was spent somewhere else but for a d man of his caliber his salary is right in the ball park. There was no answer to Lids retiring, there never was and never will be, don't make it seem like this is Holland's attempt at replacing a guy who can never be replaced.
Holland did not prepare for Lidstrom and Rafalski retiring. I'll give you that Rafalski's decision was sudden and not expected, but they were both getting up in age. You cannot replace Lidstrom, I don't think anyone is saying that, but it falls directly on Holland for never addressing that loss in any way, leading up to it and even now. Kronwall is not a top 2 d-man, never has been. Ericsson is a 5/6 guy, Quincey is a conundrum in that he can play lights out defense sometimes, but a lot of times he is just invisible out there. Green was a good pick-up, something we needed. I do get confused as to whether he is deciding to play the way he is, or if the coaching staff is having him do that, but he is not playing in a way that allows him to shine as he did in DC. They need to have him on the first PP always and slapping shots from the point all day long (another thing we've missed since Lidstrom left). DeKeyser had a good year last year, but this year he has been inconsistent at times, out of position, and coughing up the puck too frequently. Marchenko is young and still learning, and Smith is another case of using a player the wrong way. He finally was used appropriately in Game 3 and somewhat in Game 4 and look at him suddenly make an impact.
They have a lot of work to do in the offseason and the worry is that Holland will sit on his hand and keep sitting on this streak. If Datsyuk does indeed leave in the offseason, and Holland chooses to do nothing, we will not be making it 26 years. They need to shake things up a bit. Thank goodness Andersson is leaving as he is redundant and really useless on this team. A2 has proven this season and in the playoffs that whenever he is on the ice, good things tend to happen, so why not play him on the 2nd line at least, give him the opportunity. It makes me want to pull out whatever hair I have left when I see that we've been struggling on the PP and A2 got 21 seconds of PP time all game. Why it doesn't occur to Blashill to put him out there is beyond me, and I hope it's not some sort of hard-headed characteristic that we are seeing because it will be his downfall ultimately if he can't learn from his mistakes.
Mantha is not THE answer, but he NEEDS to be in, in Game 5 to hopefully spark the powerplay and have a chance to extend the postseason. Having a big body like that with the hands he has should help. If we lose, at least he gets the experience and that can't hurt as he will more than likely be starting on the big squad next season.
Yes actually, Im expecting Tampa to put up 6.
My thought is that we finally have an offensive breakthrough on Thursday, but Tampa Bay doesn't slow down either and we lost something like 5-4 in OT. Of course, I can also see us just getting shut out, 2-0. We've proven over 4 games that we can't score anymore than 2 goals a game. That is not a recipe for success, at all.
Anyone else get just a tad bit pissed when they started playing Small Town Girl while they were deciding the penalties? Some things are just too much, and THAT... that is our victory song you bag of d's.