This thread is just wrong, plain wrong. Howard, while not being necessarily elite, is a very solid goaltender. I just think the Wings need to find a competent backup to spell him more often and give him rest. I firmly believe the gets worn out playing as much as he does. People seem to forget that he was putting up Vezina type numbers before getting the injury bug last season.
Being a Detroit 'tender is one of the most thankless jobs in all of Detroit sports and it's really obnoxious. It couldn't possibly be the defense a lot of nights.
Very good point. We were playing great up until the point he and Dats got injured. When they came back, they weren't the same players, and we weren't the same team.
I also remember being 0-3 down to the Sharks in the playoffs, and being lucky to have nil, and Jimmy (and Pav) were the only players showing up.
Wow, I mean what are the chances, that two of the dirtiest, most hated players in the entire NHL have both "accidentally" stomped on an opponent with their skate? Poor old Pronger and Cooke, these guys can't buy a break eh? Just making a hockey play, and they both have the misfortune to stomp on their opponents.
I mean, how come this kind of bad luck never happens to Datsyuk or St Louis? A sucker just can't catch an even break...
For a guy who was picked up on waivers, I don't think you can complain.
The Roy trade, I have seen before a list of what Montreal supposedly wanted, and it didn't include Fedorov, it was a bunch of depth players who would have been easily replaced. Look at what it cost Colorado for Roy (and Keane as well) - Thibault, Rucinsky and Kovalenko.
I'm going to throw in as my selection picking Keith Primeau with the 3rd overall pick in the 1990 draft ahead of Jagr. Primeau was a decent player who helped get us Shanahan in the end, but he was Jagr,
I remember an article from 10 years ago in the Freep, where they interviewed Yzerman, Hull, Robitaille and Shanahan (so over 2000 NHL goals then), and they all said the number one reason for the decline in scoring back then was goalie equipment. Hull admitted to actually trying to hurt Hasek in practise once, and Hasek didn't even notice. I also remember one of them saying that there was a time when you could score with a really good slapper, but with the big equipment it was impossible without a screen and/or deflection.
You can have a stick made out of kryptonite, but if the goalie equipment is so big that the entire net is covered, you ain't gunna score.
The first half of the fight it wasn't going well, but then he got a second wind and started really creaming Dillon, good job the refs stopped it when they did. Anyways, I always knew that as soon as he'd dropped the gloves a few times Wings fans would love him, the real questions are going to be if and when he crosses that line he so often crossed in Nashville.
If you watch it from the Dallas feed they make it seem like Tootoo got creamed in the second fight, it's funny cause I don't think there was a clear cut winner or loser in that fight
Did Brett Hull ever do much fighting in the corners though? My memory of him is hanging round in the slot whilst Zetterberg and Datsyuk dug for the puck in the corners. I'm pretty sure Babcock will be working on the defensive aspects of his game though.
Wow; you're really not going to give up here, are you? Let's examine two separate comparison scenarios.
The first scenario examines, in respect to the data, the likelihood modifiers attached to the conclusions.
I like what I see about Lashoff. We might have a good future defenseman on our hands here!
This team is definitely a disaster! It needs to be blown up now!
Well, I know that arguing with you is a complete waste of time since your opinions are never ever wrong, so really I should give up, however I would like to point out that neither the OP or myself have said "This team is definitely a disaster! It needs to be blown up now!"
We, like many others on this board see this team as a borderline playoff team, and a team slowly in decline. And that without a major infusion of youth and talent, it is indeed going to get worse before it gets better. You insist on mocking anyone who expresses such an opinion as a hysterical chicken-licken worthy of your scorn instead of offering a constructive answer to the paper-thin defense, aging stars, unmotivated players and lack of blue-chip prospects to replace them.