Ken Holland won't do anything. He will come out after the deadline and say he was active and the prices were too high. He will say that the return of Bert and Helm will make him like this team. The Red Wings will either slide into a 7-8th spot and get killed in the first round or they will miss the playoffs altogether. The Cup will go to a team that improves year after year. Next years team will look exactly how it looks today but Fil will be handed a big sack of money that he does not deserve.
Jeez that was depressing to write and I really hope i am wrong. What ever happened to the win at all costs days???
If anyone thinks that Fil can carry this team in either Hanks absence or Datsyuk's retirement then the Wings are in really deep trouble. He is hardly worth his salary now and he wants a raise????? He can easily be replaced and for a hell of a lot less.
I completely understand where everyone is coming from, but Holland was quoted as saying that he'd "see how the next 6 games" went - right? Now that they're currently standing at 7th in the West, could anyone see the flip side of the coin where management decides that this fringe team isn't worth making deadline acquisitions?
I could totally see that happening but if Holland thinks that he needs to sell Fil for the highest bidder and shop Mule.
Holland is the guy you need to point fingers at. He has done dick to improve this team lately. I always liked the saying "GM's fire coaches before people catch on that its their fault" Babcock is a great coach trying to coach a team full of plugs.
I don't think that its a bad option. I do agree the second pp needs help. This also could be fixed by adding Jay Bo. Good puck moving d-men help power plays big time. The Wings GA has been pretty good lately but I think it has more to do with Jimmy standing on his head then good defense. Jagr and Jay Bo! Get it done Kenny
The Penguins continue to show that they want to compete for the cup every year. Like it or not but that is what draws elite players to want to sign with your team. Detroit used to enjoy this, Holland is pissing it away by signing players like Colo , Sammy etc. The Pens will survive the cap next season just like the Hawks did a couple of years ago. You never hear Detroit mentioned in trade rumors anymore....did Kenny lose his cell? Rant over.
I would rather pay Iginla 5+ for a couple years then pay Fil the same amount. Fil, Nyquist and a couple conditional picks depending if he re ups. We need a goal scorer Fil can be replaced from within. (Tatar)
Smith has the upside of Kronwall, maybe a little better. Kronwall is a #2 guy on a Cup team. That said Smith was not, or should not have been, expected to be a #2 guy this year and probably not even next year.
Agreed. I think both Kronwall and Smith need hard hitting, solid, stay at home d partners to get the most from their games. Like Stuart was for Kronner. Maybe Smid would be a good pick up for a partner for Smith? Dump Colo and Q.
This thread is rediculous! Babcock is what is keeping this team as competative as they are. THIS is what happens when Big E is one of your top pairing D Men & Big E & Quincy together consume 7 million. Is Holland the right GM going forward? That is the question Devilano & Mr. I better be asking. He had years to plan for this & he DID NOT! This is what happens when your forwarwards have to play D & don't have the benefit of of being committed forwards.
Agreed 110%. I don't agree with what Babs puts out on the ice but Holland is to blame for the s***ty contracts and lack of talent. Holland was betting on the big fish last year Parise and Suter and missed all the horses that would have worked well. Then he panicked and signed scrubs for not one but two freeking years.
Monster was awful. The defense is the problem, they can't move the puck out of the zone clean......ever. passes into skates, passes to far in front or behind. Kronwall stinks and the rest are very very ugly to watch. There are so many small things wrong with this team that it's hard to know what needs to be fixed the most. Babcock and Holland need their heads examined for the contracts that they handed out. Abby, Colo, Sammy, Mule are all mistakes.
Posted by Red Crazy
on 16 February 2013 - 03:15 PM
I think Huskins should be paired with Kronner. Kronner has played at his best when paired with a stay at home d-man (Stuart) This allows Kronner to jump up into the play and make some big hits. Kronwall looks lost without Stuart and Huskins is probably as close to his style as well have so pair them up. White does not seem to have chemistry with anyone at this point. The thought of Colo and him paired together sends chills up my spine. I have my doubts that Babs will scratch him though.