The Red Wings wanted this guy back. That's the trouble sometimes with a weak FA market, average guys get paid (Kopecky) and suddenly everybody goes up a million. If it were a huge year for FA's teams would take up a lot of their cap money in big signings and dole out to the average players sparingly. The market just worked against the Wings.
If they saw no reason or upside to keep him the Wings could have let him go. They must see him as a piece of the puzzle. He's not that old, he's got huge game experience and now more than ever we'll see a motivated Ericsson.
The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.
I'm not trying to change anyone's mind and I'm confident in what I saw. Roam plants hit back leg and lunges forward, late, at Horton's head and neck area. He wasn't just skating along, he coiled a bit. I'm still saying this year and I'll amend my 40 games next year to 20, but this hit, TO ME, was particularly bad.
My favorite play was the Thomas check. How often we see athletes make bad decisions. You could almost watch Thomas' thought process. He followed the puck and saw Sedin had it and it dawned on him, just bury him, it's just a legal check and solves the immediate problem.
You kept roaring and stayed standing when they looked out of gas and the last 4 minutes of the game the Wings tilted the ice and the fans got louder and the Helm goal blew the lid off the place. Car alarms were going off in Windsor...