Yes, there IS still hockey to be played and YES we're all still on board but there has been a backslide in playoff performance, by which this entire franchise is graded, and some changes will need to be made.
I'm not going to talk as much in specifics as far to much can happen on salary projections ie bidding wars, guys sign elsewhere for more/less etc.
Homer, we love you, this was your last year.
I'd be open to trading Franzen. We seem to spend a lot of time these last couple three playoff runs skating the perimeter while teams go north/south at the Wings. There is no bigger poster child to perimeter play an The Mule.
Jimmeh thus far has also taken a step back this playoff run but only those in the dressing room know if it has been compounded by bad defense and bad backchecking.
I'd sooner say the Wings would land Parise than Suter/Weber. The Devils did NOTHING once again to show Parise he's a valued guy they want to win NOW with whereas Nashville did add parts to show Suter/Weber they are serious about winning. Plus the Devils are going to undergo a little identity crisis this upcoming offseason. Rumors here in Devilland have them damned worried Parise will bolt.
The Wings STILL need some top flight defense. I'm not saying you have to go find the next Weber, hell sign a couple guys like Volchenkov who block every shot and play nasty minutes. Sign a couple real attention to detail defensemen, something sadly Brad Stuart is no longer. He's been a serviceable pro and I hope he finds peace living in SoCal with his family.
Extras we could consider losing: Eaves (sorry Patrick, it's unfortunate), Cleary who again gave his all but we need to get better up front, Abdelkader vexes me night in and night out. Some may have a home for him, I'd be open to trading him.
On defense keep everyone but Stuart until you know what St. Nick wants to do. Then you can streamline your pairing by addition and subtraction. Is Kindl really the future? Is Smith ready for an 82+ game season?
It's time like this I miss Scotty whispering in Kenny's ear.
red wing fans must love rubbing it in preds fans faces,how great the detroit red wings are,how many cups they have won,how post-seasons they have appeared in,and how many future hall of famers they have
No, we love rubbing it in every teams fans faces, you just happen to be here.
I've been watching the Devils all year. They certainly have enough to take Florida. Zajac coming back to center the Kovalchuck/Parise line is huge for them. If Clarkson who had 30 goals this year can keep anchoring a secondary scoring line I think El Diablos should prevail in 6 games max.
This whole "Are we better off as the #6 seed" discussion is why I just wait to worry until we know. One could easily turn themselves inside out saying we match up better with LA though they are so used to clamping down in one goal games this year but Nashville saves us time in travel but Rinne is better than Quick in LA though the Sharks are having difficulties on defense but they know how to beat Detroit in the playoffs....WHEW
I find unless the matchup in question is say the #8 seeded Columbus Blue Jackets it's going to be quite hard no matter whom we draw.
Today is my birthday and my father said I could have anything I want. And today I want a 5-2 Red Wings victory. Henrik Zetterberg is my favorite player so he should have at least 2 goals and an assist. Oh and beat the crap out of Rick Nash in a line brawl. Now I'm not saying this game needs to be like my birthday Brawl-O-Rama from 1997 vs the Nordilanche. Nor does it need to be as good as the time my friend got me 6th row seats for my birthday and Martin LaPointe had a hat trick and I was able to send my cap to Hockey Valhalla, the Joe Louis Arena ice. Only hats and octopus go there. But like I said it's my birthday (along with Jimmeh Howard) and I want a win and an easy one at that so St. Nick and Datsyuk can have realistic first games back minutes.
First off it was a very nice evening win lose or draw. Rangers fans were in good form and were very welcoming last night towards their Original Six brethren. A lot of them just wanted to talk Western Conference matchups and hockey in general. MSG made a big deal out of it being an Original Six matchup with two nice video pieces; One on the history of the octopus in Detroit before the game and a nice video on Gordie Howe between the second and third periods. Honestly for being as banged up as they are (a point not lost on many Rangers fans, in fact two said if this game is this close now at MSG, they worried what a healthy Wings team or western conference team might bring) I thought they played hard in the corners and stood up to a top team in the east who plays that style.
I saw some reason for hope in the Wings last night, I did. If they can challenge the top team in the east on the road and lose only in OT, they'll be OK if and when they get healthy.
Onto the pics and a video clip of Zetterberg's goal:
Defending a Rangers rush
Quincey moving the puck up the wall
Action packed....or not
The Abdelkader line creates a chance
It's been very foggy here at night lately and walking to the train last night I was able to snap this one. Fog makes any picture better.
Luring Stanley Cup Viewers With a Torrent of Games
By TANZINA VEGA
Published: March 14, 2012
TURNING the Stanley Cup playoffs into a must-watch television event lasting for weeks in the spring is no easy feat. Many Americans did not grow up with the game, few know who the players are and watching 10 weeks of playoffs is a big time commitment.
But the National Hockey League’s plan to get more viewers is, in fact, to show more games. This year, for the first time, the league will televise every game of the playoffs, which begin April 11 and could last up to 10 weeks, with the last possible day for the final game on June 15. The N.H.L. renewed its media partnership with NBC last year after the company was bought by Comcast, and can now offer programming across multiple platforms including NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC and the NHL Network.
“We’ve spent the last five years talking about building national scale,” said John Collins, the chief operating officer of the N.H.L. “If you can’t get the games on national television, you’re not going to be able to relate to it.”
The league seems to be learning from the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s basketball strategy. In 2010, the N.C.A.A. reached a 14-year deal with CBS and Turner Broadcasting to show the games across multiple networks including CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV — effectively allowing first- and second-round games to be shown nationwide. Before the pact, early-round games were shown only in certain regions — Michigan State fans could watch their team on television but might not have been able to watch, say, Gonzaga or Georgetown.