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
Brunner is much better. He's bigger, stronger, shoots better, is a vastly better skater, and is neither one-dimensional nor a huge liability on defense as Hudler was. Maybe Hudler is a better passer, but that's about it.
Yeah, but does Brunner have his own internet meme?
WTF is all this 2.0 bull? Can't a player be a player? Brunner is Brunner...period. He has 10 goals in 19 games, which would equate to apprx. 42 goals over an entire season. He is/was a great find and we have Stacy Roest to thank for him, not Andersson, not Holland. He should be re-signed, he should get about $2M and he should be our best scorer since Hossa. He has proven he can play in the NHL and deserves to stay. No way Holland lets this guy walk, he didn't cost him an asset or a draft pick. He is found money basically. But in no way is he anyone 2.0...he is Damien Brunner and he has arrived in the NHL...Thank you Stacy.
1) People compare his playing style to Brett Hull. How would you describe him to someone who's never seen him play? A bit like Brett Hull.
2) When Roest sent Holland the email about Brunner, Brunner was already on the Wings radar, and they had already seen him play several times.
3) The 2013 Detroit Bi-Polars - always finding a way to do what you least expect!