Forget the details and step back and think about how ridiculous this thread sounds to 29 other teams. Most of us on here don't even know what a losing season feels like. I'll save my thoughts on our GM after there's no more hockey to be played. It's game 7 who cares about this crap right now?
Z carried this team for years gtfo. He should be the last one ANYONE complains about.
He's had a couple games where he set up some nice plays but that isn't enough when you've been a world class player and you have the c on the chest. If he goes goalless in a 7 game series there will be questions and rightfully so.
I feel like a lot of us have been saying that since #5 retired.
Yeah and I get trading for a n1 D is easier said than done. It's just you look at the lineup card and it's the worst D corps we've had since the 80s. I'm happy with the forward turnover the last couple seasons but there's only so many seasons of Smith, E, and Quincy a fan can take..
I have so much respect for Alfie, the guy doesn't hang on like Marty or Jaromir he actually listens to his body.
If Stevie listened to his body we wouldn't have the 02 cup or his final 3-4 years. I don't have any less respect for Broduer or Jagr if they want to keep playing the game they love and teams are willing to sign them. Maybe less respect for the GMs who offer them contracts (i.e. Holland and Cleary). Now if players were playing while putting their life in jeopardy that's another story. Fortunately that doesn't seem to happen in this day and age.
I have to wonder, doesn't Holland talk to Babcock and the other members of the team before signing off on s*** like this??? doesn't anyone actually speak up to stop this lunacy??????
Sadly reports are it was Babcock behind bringing back Cleary last year so I doubt he has much of a problem with this. "Clears" is his boy for life. Look I was a huge Cleary fan too, but after the massive tolls on his body he just isn't what he used to be out there. Even Homer was a better skater at 38/39 than Cleary is now.
Awesome stuff, I'm happy to get to see Stevie on skates for maybe the last time. He didn't look too hot out there but it was still Stevie (I believe him when he says he hasn't skated since he retired). Sergei on the other hand still looks NHL caliber. Him and Slava skated circles around people out there. Mickey looked great too!