-No thanks to Connolly. $4.5M is too much for someone who has only played in 70 games one time since the lockout.
-I'm not a fan of Zherdev at all, and I highly doubt Holland would even consider him
-We will not get Wisniewski for $3.75M
-A Babchuk-Ericsson pairing would cause every LGW'er to gouge their eyes out within the first month of the season.
Kesler sounds like a complete ****** bag. For someone who is considered a star player, he certainly doesn't act like it. His antics remind me more of Matt Cooke or Sean Avery. I just can't imagine any of the Wings stars chirping someone about an injury, let alone flopping all over the ice. Anyway, I just hate Kesler, but I guess the real lesson here is that Clowe should've kept his mouth shut...
I would prefer Wisniewski over Markov, he wouldn't cost as much and besides, who is gonna score goals next year? Besides the urgency on D all of a sudden, they still need a pure scorer...
I wouldn't mind Wisniewski, but I disagree with needing a goal scorer. The Wings were 2nd in the league in goals for with 3.13 g/gm and increased their production to 3.27 in the playoffs. Scoring was not a problem and the only changes to the forwards would be Mursak in, Modano and Draper out. The problem was defense, and now with Rafalski gone defense should be the priority. If there is cap space left after defense is taken care of then I'd be fine with signing a scorer or trading Hudler to get one.
What does Matt Cooke have to do with Ryan Kesler? His name was only brought up to point out that two players are NOT comparable, yet you are comparing anyhow. Not sIure why, or if you misread the post you quoted.
41 goals in the regular season would be impressive if Stanley Cups are awarded to the president's trophy team. Last time I checked, that's not how the game is played. Mule can sit all regular season and suit up for the playoffs for all I care. As long he scores big goals in the masses when it matters most.
Another thing about Kesler, a chart was created (on HF) to show Kesler scores [most] of his goals against non-playoff teams, empty netters, power plays... and against less skilled lines. So far that proves right in the playoffs as he didn't do much against Chicago, played good against Nashville's 2nd unit, and has disappeared offensively against the Sharks.
I think the guy is a ****** bag and don't think he's all that 'special'. He's no Toews, no Thornton, no Zetterberg, no Nash, no Doan.... yet he is being completely overrated by the media like he's the American version of Sidney Crosby. The guy is a gutless cheap shot artist that, for karma's sake, should have been the player hit instead of Rome.
I'm not saying he's an unskilled player, I am just saying he's not a player I would ever want Holland to sign because of his gutless antics. Not to mention shut-down forwards that don't score much in the playoffs can be had much cheaper than this bum. Sure he had a big Nashville series (a team that doesn't spend to salary cap and doesn't have much depth), he was/is a non-factor in the Chicago series and Sharks series offensively.
I think I love you. I'm glad I'm not the only one who can't stand Kesler.
Nope. If Chicago get's 2 points, then Dallas can't catch them no matter what. Chicago has 95 points right now and Dallas only 93. Chicago has more wins. That gift from the league yesterday pretty much sealed the deal.
Only regulation and ot wins matter. If Dallas wins two and Chi wins 1 then they'd be tied in points and regulation/ot wins. Then it comes down to head to head and Dal holds that tiebreaker.
I'm gonna make a bold prediction and disagree with your Hawks pick. I'll say that Dallas beats COL and MIN, the Wings split with Chicago, and therefore Chicago misses the playoffs (as long as Anaheim gets 2 pts in 2 games).