Honestly, I like the THOUGHT of this trade, getting rid of a player on our team who is productive to a point, but still not working as hard as I think he should and has a huge long term contract. I watched a lot of the Caps games and Laich and Carlson stood out as tough(er), gritty players who I would like on our roster. I like Mike Green and think he will have a bounceback in our system. Washington changed from an offensive goal scoring team from a defense first team, which probably is not his forte. Put him out there with a defensive defenseman and it might cover up his deficiencies in that area a little.
I feel the Wings need to do more than sign a few free agents and go a little deeper. The core is not all right.
AND I DO NOT WANT HELM INVOLVED IN THAT TRADE. We need MORE Helms, not less.
Too many floaters on this team right now. Also too many people resting on their past success. If we want to get real, there are a lot of players that need to get turned over. Cleary, Holmstrom, Flip, Hudler, even Franzen and Bertuzzi. We need youth, grit, speed and hunger. Don't want to turn into the Pistons that "kept the band together too long".
By the way, great job of the NHL to schedule almost a week off between Boston's Game 7 and the start of the Final(s). Wish Detroit would have gotten that kind of rest a few years ago. Way to capitalize on the momentum, give everyone a week to forget that hockey isn't over yet. THE NBA FINALS are starting before the Stanley Cup Finals!
The thought of this team coming back mostly intact makes me mental. Looking at this list of 2-mil and under free agents, that's a sad list.
In my opinion, we have to get younger, faster, and more physical. Not goonery, but harder to play against. More Helm-like. If I could give his motor to every player on the team...
Oh, yeah, and Hudler's gotta go. No more reclamation projects. I wanted to get James Neal at the trade deadline, young and fairly physical and loves to shoot the puck. we need more triggermen, less passers.
I think Babcock can only say and do so much, it has to come from the guys whose skates are on the ice, every shift. And a lot of players are not focused, making mistakes, standing around and not hustling enough. Granted, they are in the playoffs and they really don't have that playoff edge right now. But someone better find a way to wake them up or it is going to a long summer if they face Nashville or one of the younger, hungrier teams who are going to outwork them every shift and knock them out.