I disagree. Jagr is the leading scorer on Dallas, and has more points than all but two of our players this season. The two prospects will likely never play in the NHL, so they are not worth very much. Picks are also not worth much, as they are also very unlikely to generate an NHL player.
Every premium player, Jagr, Meester, Iginla, have so far been traded away for nothing. The prices are rock bottom.
I agree, compared to last year when the likes of Quincey + Gaustad were going for 1st round picks, trading a 2nd (likely ~ 50th overall) and 2 middling prospects for a superstar HOFer who can still play seems like a pretty good deal to me. And lets not forget we have absolute log-jam of average to good prospects at forward, some of them will have to be traded away, just to make some room for the rest
And all those calling Jagr a 42 year old - yep, a 42 year old with 3 more goals than anyone else on our team. Lidstrom was still pretty good at 42 ISTR.
Dude has 14 goals, thats 3 more than anyone on our team. $4.5M is nothing, we've got tons of space. I would love it if we coudl get him (he might well cost more than Morrow did though, despite being a potential rental).
As others have said, gives us 2 legit PP units if we could get him.
The cap is an excuse. We did fine under the cap up until the last two years. 2010 was derailed by injuries, but was still a good team. Everything after that was just complacency.
No, the cap is a reality. As was Lidstom, Rafalski, Draper, Maltby and Holmstrom growing old and retiring. As was Stuart wanting to move back west to be with his family. Nothing Kenny could have done about that - and don't give me the old "he should have done more to prepare for their retirements" BS. Players with 3 and 4 Stanley Cup rings don't grow on trees, and to lose 5 of them in just a couple of years, plus other FA losses and still be competetive? How many other teams do you seriously think could survive having their hearts ripped out like that?
Just read that last nights goal was his 671st - incredible! Didn't realise he had quite that many goals. Incredible to think what his totals might be without having to suffer 3 lockouts and play his best years in the Dead Puck era.
If I had come to this forum before going to NHL.com to check the result, I would have concluded we had lost - based upon the top half dozen threads all being of the trade/buyout/sack everybody type.
This season has been the worst for knee-jerk reaction threads after every loss. If we're going to get a glut of knee-jerk reaction threads after every win, well, lets just say there aren't enough facepalms in all the world for that
We're not talking about the Brian Campbell who we ripped to shreds in the 2009 WCF, right? Cos that guy was so defensively awful we simply have to be talking about another Brian Campbell, right? Right?
Totally agree!!!! these shootouts and points for losing in the 5 min OT have ruined NHL records--you cant compare the Blackhawks run with the 1980 Flyers, the Flyers had no shootouts and OT's and even in the beginning of the OT era (1983) you didnt get any points for losing in the OT.
The "ruining NHL records" is such an absurd argument against any rule change. There have been significant rule changes throughout the history of the sport - how far back do you want to go? Shall we eliminate the forward pass? Y'know, just so we can compare eras?
Regarding the game, its clear the Blackhawks are a very good team. Whether that means they'll be a very good team come playoff time, or they'll use up or their luck in the regular season remains to be seen.
For Detroit - Flip and Bert can't come back quick enough. Poor, poor Pavel