I just wanted to point out that for many ppl here this isn't really about hatred towards Crosby, but about being fed up with all the indoctrination how he's the real son of a god (and Jesus was just some beta version of Sindy), because it is overwhelming. and the very reason of this discussion is not Crosby himself but how Canadian media behave...
Crosby > Jesus.
I'd rather be a young millionaire, get to have sex with plenty of hot women, be the best hockey player in the world, than be Jesus. ANY DAY.
So after the last game vs the Wild, I've come to the decision that coaching is still a problem. I'm not nearly as confident in Babcock anymore. He's consistently giving players chances that have proven time and time again that they don't deserve them (Cleary, Holmstrom), he refuses to put players together that have worked incredibly well in the past (Dats and Fil), and in the last 5 minutes of the game, he played the same line for seemingly 80% of the time. I don't care how good a line is, those players are going to be too tired to be effective.
We need better decisions behind the bench. We need players who are consistently playing badly to be pushed down to lower lines, so at least they get hungry for top line minutes again. Currently we're just handing players playtime who don't deserve it.
Players like Helm and Fil, who are working their asses off every game aren't getting chances they deserve either. They've been two of the best players this year, and two of the players that are giving more effort than pretty much anyone else on the team.
Dats, Z, and whoever isn't working. They played great for one game, but just plain haven't worked for a long time now. Z still has 3 points and a -4 and yet was given nearly 24 minutes. I don't understand how it works if players who are working hard are still not given opportunities when other players are playing like this. What kind of motivation is it to work hard if someone who's not producing is still given nearly 10 minutes more per game than you and much more PP time than you?
Edit: I'm not bashing Z, I'm just saying he hasn't deserved the play time he's gotten recently. Other players who are playing badly are getting time taken away, but Z is just handed more play time every game no matter how he plays. Same thing goes for a few other players too.
Howard suffers injury TRAVERSE CITY – In each of his first two seasons, every injury goalie Jimmy Howard has suffered has proven to not be serious.
It looks like his latest injury isn’t either.
Howard did not skate Monday at training camp after suffering a bone bruise on his left foot on Saturday. He did take part in practice on Sunday.
“It’s nothing major, just took a shot off the inside (Saturday) of my foot,” Howard said. “I tried to battle through it yesterday, it was really uncomfortable. They decided to keep me off the ice and hopefully it bounces back so I can get back out there tomorrow.”
Howard is slated to start between the pipes for Team Red in the Wings’ annual Red/White scrimmage at noon today at Centre Ice Arena.
“The shot was going high, I was going up so the first day I wouldn’t take it in the face and I ended up taking it right off the inseam when I was trying to get up,” Howard said.
Howard said the injury wasn’t serious enough to have an X-ray taken and he said he’s day-to-day.
“I plan on being out there tomorrow,” Howard said. “I got here early today, tried to get as much done as possible. It just didn’t happen.”
In each of the last two seasons, Howard has appeared in 63 each year. He won 37 games each season.
How are people feeling about Ericsson's contract of $3.25 mil per year for three years in comparison to Bogosian's $2.5 mil per year for two years? While he hasn't really lit the world on fire, Bogosian has been playing solid for the Thrashers with little support, while Ericsson seems to have two left feet and all thumbs with a solid organization. The plus-minus from last year for Bogosian is ugly, but given the choice I'd prefer him over Ericsson.
The fallacy with your premises is Holland didn't have that choice. So his cap hit vs Ericsson's is moot because he was a RFA, not a UFA. In fact, $2.5 might be a bit high considering his RFA status. In comparison, Ericsson re-signed for $900k when he was a RFA.
So if you cut out all the fluff and BS, it's really 900k vs $2.5 million.
So Wings couldn't use a PPG player in the playoffs?
You didn't really thought it through, did you?
But, you see, if Hudler does well, everyone but Eva has to eat crow. We can't have that, so if Hudie is doing well, then we trade him so we can all be happy that we ditched him and then when he stays good, we can say, "oh, well, guys always do that after they leave."
Then everyone will laugh at Eva for saying that Hudler could have kept that pace with the Wings had he stayed.
If he's a PPG player and he stays, people will have to come up with excuses to backpedal to save face. That wouldn't be fun.
So, despite the fact that it's not in the best interest of the team, we must either hope for Hudler to be bad or we must hope for him to be good and then trade him. At least if we trade, we might get something good that we can all like.