No way. I think we're far more likely to trade our draft picks for an already established NHL defenseman. Even a #1 or #2 pick doesn't guarantee NHL readiness, and the need is now, not in a year or two.
This is starting to turn into Hfboads with the Babcock hate.. its ridiculous.
I think in this case, the criticism is justified. For one, he's trying to not take responsibility. To me, not acceptable for a head coach. Secondly, the Cleary, Dastyuk, Abdelkader line CLEARLY is not working. Though I'm far from a hockey expert, Tatar seemed to add energy and a viable offensive threat to the team that is sorely lacking scoring. I'm not at all the *hater* type but some of these moves are baffling to say the least. I almost feel like Babcock is saying here you go Kenny, this is the s*** you're giving me, I'm going to play them and play them. Either that or he's channeling his inner Jim Leyland and his unfathomable loyalty to Brandon Inge.
He didn't illegally come off the bench. The replays clearly show he was standing BEFORE Shaw even boarded Pavelski.
He's being suspended for coming off the bench legally to start an altercation. He is guilty of it, but I don't think he should cost him two games. Maybe fines and one game at most.
If anything, I'm much more concerned about the Lemieux-Draper style boarding that Shaw did. I think that Shaw should be more likely to be suspended in that play, not Clowe.
Clowe is an ass-hat, but he responded appropriately for what he just watched right in front of him. It's too bad McCarty had to wait a year to beat Claudia and couldn't take care of business on the spot.
I think Filppula is more valueable to this team than Franzen. So there. Good luck finding someone to take on a lifetime contract given to someone for one good playoff season.
Franzen leads the team in scoring every year. He's streaky but he produces. Flip has always been one season away from a breakout year which he's never going to have. He's a good player, but good is replaceable, especially if we get someone who brings something new to the table in exchange.
while i agree that the wings still have work to do (what team doesnt?), I disagree that we "should not be satisfied with how they played in Columbus." We came out ready to play from the opening faceoff and if it weren't for penalties piling up, especially in the 3rd, the jackets wouldn't have came back. Also, if it weren't for some great play in net at the other end by bobrovski as well as 5 or so posts by the wings, the score would have been a lot higher. i'm satisfied with the overall effort of the game.. yes, there's room for improvement of course, but they played good.
Eh... I know Toronto and Detroit fans feel really shafted due to the obvious, but let us hope things in the end will be worth the wait.
Screw that. That was the song and dance we got in 2005. We'll get it again in another 5 years or so when the CBA that they finally commit to expires. Part of me wants to go back to the 80s. We sucked, but there was no lockout looming. Ever. Another part of me wants to travel back in time and give Gary's parents a condom.
This game was HUGE for me. HUGE. Locking all of us out and losing the WC is just too much.