Hey everyone I am new to the forums but I have been a die hard Wings fan since 1990 when Fedorov signed been a loyal and dedicated fan since then. I feel good about this change up although Howie has been the go to goalie for the last 5 years I have to admit a change in playoffs starting choice this year is a welcomed change for me. I can see Babcock's angle Mrazek needs more playoff exposure but as we know this can make or break a goalie what better way to be baptized by fire then to test the waters 1st night huge game opener its a test to handle pressure and see how Mrazek performs. I am looking forward to this game The Lightening is no cake walk team and its going to be a great opener in this series. Mrazek can stop the 5 hole shots better then Howie in my opinion. If your like me your tired of asking yourself why Howard stopped this incredible shot but then lets a weak shot in that you know he should have stopped. Howard is a great goaltender the stats show this but if you can't remain consistent during playoffs from game to game then its not a hard choice. I have been watching Mrazek since the grand rapid griffins acquired him and I had a good feeling he would become howard's replacement within several years IF he delivers. I am not writing Howie off either but the proof is in the pudding, he needs to tighten up his game and become consistent rather then unpredictable. Mrazek has been given the green light to prove himself worthy he just need to take the reigns and deliver tonight. That being said the team if they cover the ice as needed and I know they will should be a solid game. Best of luck to the wings and I will be watching the game tonight. Game on!
Dallas is making moves, trying to improve, and players aren't refusing to sign there.
Tampa Bay is making moves, trying to improve, and players aren't refusing to sign there.
Am I sensing a theme?
People who know history know that Holland didn't build those late 90's Cup teams. He spent to maintain them (02) after they had been built by Bowman and his predecessors. Furthermore, Holland was lucky in 08 and 09. (See Joe Dumars for reference). Having the best defenseman in a generation (along with prime Dats and Z) can do that to an organization. He didn't build the Wings championships and he sure as hell can't build them now.
People shouldn't be complaining about getting fleeced in the Legwand deal. The team got fleeced in losing Yzerman and Nill.
yes this sucks. But the Pens have been even worse than us. They are over 100 man games lost ahead of us! Not to mention the 20 or so points.....
Most of their injuries have been on the blue line. Their best forwards have been healthy for the most part, and their D has been suspect even when healthy. They can get away with beating teams 6-5 in the regular season. If they lost the likes of Crosby, Malkin, Sutter, Neal and Kunitz all at once, it would be a different story.
Pretty much. Holland is obsessed with old geysers who aren't that good anymore. Did Bertuzzi or Samuelsson even play last season? Why are they being given another chance to get injured?
I remember Cleary playing, because we all made countless jokes about him throughout the year, but he actually played well in the playoffs. But still, its time to be fully committed to a youth movement. We'd have enough veterans with Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Kronwall to have a balanced lineup with experience and youth.
He moves like he's 44. Ric Flair is in better shape than him.
I'd buy a Cleary jersey if he boarded somebody and went "WOOOOOOOOooooooooooooo!!!"
I think using a buyout on Carlo is a waste. IMHO, he was one of our top 4 defensemen in the playoffs, and is paid less than at least one guy who he outplayed (Quincy). I think he could and would crack our lineup even with DeKeyser back. Now, we are relying on Smith to step it up and Quincy to play to his potential every night vs. having a guy that came in and played rock solid in our back pocket. And we're doing this why? To keep Samuelsson?? WTF???
I don't have too much of a problem with the Cleary deal, though I wish it was more like 2 years at 2M or 2.5M. I know a lot of people want a star player in his place, but I'd argue that he brings some of the things to the table that we need: he'll go to the net, he plays tougher than his size and he gives 100% every time out on the ice. He's like Rudy - I wish I could put his heart into Franzen's body.
I don't have too much of a problem with keeping Bert too. If he's hurt, we can IR him and maybe get someone else (IR doesn't count against cap?). While if he's truly healthy, he can bring some size, grit, toughness and scoring.
Oh well. Would have been nice to have him, however, if we had gotten him, Datsyuk and Zetteberg would have been on the same line and we're a much harder team to play against/match up against during the playoffs when they're on separate lines. There's always Jagr. He'll sign for just a year and it won't be for as much as Vinny. Plus, I liked what I saw from him defensively this past season, so he could be a fit.
Also, I noticed Colo is going to be bought out. That's kind of confusing. We have way too many subpar forwards, holes on defense and we buyout Colo and not Sammy or Bert? I felt like he was pretty solid for us down the stretch and into the playoffs and outplayed his $2.5 mil contract.
oh god man , cant believe couldnt find a team to take him for like a 7th round pick hes just got one year left on his deal, waste of a buyout ... how is it everyone knew the signings of coliacovo and samuelsson were a mistake except for holland
This looks like "Jordan Staal Part II". Quite frankly I'm surprised Shero made that kind of offer. Does he not understand that one of the contributing factors to the Pens failures is the fact that they have no depth? Crosby makes almost $9 mil per year, Malkin is over $9 mil, Fleury, Martin and Neal are all making $5 mil. And now you want to blow another $7 mil on a one dimensional defenseman? I think they're lucky he rejected the deal.
Amazed they made it and even more amazed he turned it down.