We haven't drafted a Datsyuk or Zetterberg type player in 15 years. Those were diamonds in the rough but that was a while back. And please don't compare Nyquist or Tatar to them until they become elite, top 10 caliber players.
I'm curious who the "bunch of Zetterberg and Datsyuk type players" you refer to are.
I'm not going to compare Nyquist and Tatar to elite players when they were in their prime, but I am going to compare them to when they first got into the league. Nyquist and Tatar are showing a ton of promise just like Datsyuk and Zetterberg did back in 02, 03 and 04. I feel like Nyquist is every bit as good as Zetterberg was in his first couple years. Their numbers are actually pretty similar too. As for Tatar, he scored more goals in his second full NHL season than he ever has in his career with 29. The guy is only 24 years old. He also put up more points than Datsyuk after his first two NHL seasons. I'll be really interested to see what the 23 year old Pulkkinen can do with a full season in the NHL after putting up 34 goals in 46 games in the AHL. Not to mention we still technically don't know what we have in Mantha yet and Dylan Larkin has been showing tons of promise. We also just signed Axel Holmstrom, who was Sweden’s junior hockey player of the year. Maybe none of them will pan out or maybe all of them will, who knows? But saying we haven't been drafting well over the past 15 seasons isn't true. If you want to be pessimistic, that's up to you, but there's a ton to be excited about. We're not going away anytime soon.
Jonathan Toews > > > Henrik Zetterberg AND Pavel Datsyuk
Toewser has it all!!!
Member of the Triple Gold Club - World Championship Gold Medal, Olympic Gold Medal, Stanley Cup (youngest ever)
2 time Olympic Gold Medalist
Named Captain of the Chicago Blackhawks after just 64 NHL Games (4th youngest ever)
4 time NHL All-Star
3 time Stanley Cup Winner
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner (2nd youngest ever)
Frank J. Selke Trophy Winner
Oh yeah and hes just 27 years old......................
and has the hottest WAG EVER!!! Lindsey Vecchione.
I bet he has a huge **** too LOL.
This post might work better on a Pens board seeing as how they passed on Toews and have a first round pick superstar that is also 27 and is supposed to be doing all this. There's no denying the Hawks success or Toews who is clearly the most successful among Crosby, Ovechkin, Malkin, Stamkos, etc. But Wings fans don't care. As far as we're concerned, once we're finished rebuilding your dynasty will be over.
Tampa bay > Chicago.. You could say this the whole series actually...
Yeah, kind of surprising actually. If it wasn't for the Game 1 collapse, TB's up 3-0. I thought the Hawks talent and especially experience would have given them a better start to this series. I was expecting a Wings/Pens 2008 type of series.
Which is all great, except they're a bunch of dix.
I'm pulling for Chicago.
If Chicago wins, it will be gross, but I'll except it because that's what they've been doing and that's what's supposed to happen. It will be really painful if Tampa wins this series because it could have been Detroit.
It'll be less painful for our most bitter rival to win their 3rd championship in 6 years than to have our Captain get his name on the Stanley Cup again, all because they beat us and it could have been us there? I suppose anything could happen, we could have made it to the Finals, but it was the first round. Its not like it was the Conference Finals or something. A lot would have had to happen for us to get that far. The Wings matched up well with TB. Can't say the same about Montreal, they were a team that TB owned. I'm over our loss. I'm even over Cooper and his whining and their fanbase. The Lightning have had their moments of jerkiness during these playoffs, but it's nothing compared to Chicago that chants "Detroit sucks" in their sleep.
So not even interviewing other candidates great just great
What would be the point? I'm pretty sure it was decided years ago that when Babcock was no longer the coach, Blashill would step in. He knows the system and he's been very successful in the AHL playing our system with our prospects, that he will now be coaching on the Wings. You're not going to find anyone else out there with those kind of credentials.
Howard is average, and that Swedish creampuff Andersen is below average. If not for him, they'd be in the Finals right now. They don't need a top goalie, just someone decent.
Not a chance. Andersen (25) is still pretty young and made it that far. Plus, they still have John Gibson (21) waiting in the wings behind him and he's pretty spectacular. I wouldn't be surprised to see him be the starter at some point next season. Howard may get dealt, but it won't be to Anaheim.
After how uninspired the Lightning looked against us in the first round, I'm pretty surprised they made it this far. Experience means a lot and the Hawks, unfortunately, have that edge. But the Lightning are a high scoring team, have beaten 3 other original 6 teams to get here and might be fresher not having played a bunch of multiple OT games against a physical team. I want the Lightning to win, but I really can't see how that will happen. Bishop is shaky and the Hawks forwards are way deeper than TB's. I mean, seriously, as we saw in the first round, if you take away Tyler Johnson, this team is basically done. Hoping it'll be TB in 7, but it'll more likely be Chicago in 5 or 6.
If true, fine by me ... in the end, he wasn't as sought after as he or most people thought. Toronto, Buffalo, Det were the only true options. Nothing from Pittsburgh, SJ, Edmonton, St. Louis ...
Guess he's not even close to the 'best coach in the NHL period'.
We've been pretty spoiled when it comes to coaches over the past couple decades. Look around the league, the coaching spot has been a revolving door, meanwhile we have a guy that led a mediocre Ducks team and led them to the Finals, took a Wings team that was in some serious transition after the Yzerman era and made it to the final four 3 times in a row with a Stanley Cup championship. He also won a couple Gold medals at the Olympics. Yes, he hasn't done much since recently, but he hasn't had much to work with since either. Lidstrom, Rafalski and Stuart all left within a couple years and really were never replaced. Franzen fell apart. We've been breaking in new goalies ever since Osgood retired. He's not blameless for the playoff failures of the past few years, but I don't think this lack of success is any indication of how good he is as a coach. He's done a heck of a lot more than any other active coach in the league.
i dont know how i feel about this series, i'm still angry we lost to tampa, but ive always hated the habs with a passion
Before our series against Tampa I said I'd root for whomever wins that series, but now that we've played them, listened to their fan base, listened to their coach accuse us of cheating and witnessed this BS Kronwall suspension, I just don't have it in me. If they win, great for Stevie, but if they lose, I'll be more than okay with that. This is why you can't have a second favorite team as soon as they play each other in a playoff series, regardless of the outcome, you'll end up hating one of them in the end.
If it wasn't for Mrazek, TB would have had 6 or 7 goals last night. He has two shutouts in this series and was 5 min away from a third and this isn't some grinder team we're playing either. This is the highest scoring team in the NHL. I was a little skeptical about starting Mrazek over Howard in the beginning, but I think after Game 3, he cemented himself as our starter for this series if not the entire playoff run, which needs to be longer than just one more game. Our team is inconsistent as hell, but we've battled this hard and nobody gave the Wings a snowball's chance to win this thing. Heck, people were picking Winnipeg to win their series over Anaheim, but not us. Time to make these "experts" take the Winged Wheel seriously again.
“My message to our guys is you’ve got to suck it up, got to fight through it,” Cooper continued. “And if they’re bringing it, you’ve got to bring a gun to a knife fight. That’s how it has to go. So to get on them, we have to be better.” Cooper
That has got to be some of the most incoherent babble I've heard from a coach in a long time. "And if they’re bringing it, you’ve got to bring a gun to a knife fight" What the hell is he talking about?
Not sure, but if Glendening has any bullet holes in him, I think we'll have a better understanding. I didn't think I'd hate the Lightning after this series regardless of the outcome, but.... now I'm kinda starting to. lol
Translation: "They're playing defense. That's not fair. How are we supposed to score goals if they have their players just following our players around, stealing the puck, and getting in front of our shots? They're cheating. They just need to let our players skate wherever they want, sit in the slot and wait for an uninterrupted pass so they can one time it. Preventing us from playing our game is just wrong."
Seriously, Cooper needs to grow a pair. They're losing because they're getting out coached and getting out coached very badly might I add. Saying that the other team is "cheating" is the first step towards failure.