I wish Pavel the best and he doesn't owe anyone a thing.
Besides, with Holland so expertly carefully planning for his (and Z's) eventual retirement (just as had with Lidtstrom), the Wings are in extremely competent hands with a strong core of proven veterans who show up every single day to play and, gosh darn it, they pay to win! But there is more. They also are doing double duty in working with coaching to entrust a strong group of youngsters to take the reins. Just think how lucky we are are! Holland could have easily ignored reality, rewarded poor performing veterans, made high stake losing gambles on free agency, lacked the guts to trade away dead weight, and delayed the development of our young players, all in the name of clinging to useless playoff streak!
I agree BUT we must apply the dead weight rule to the kids as well. We can't fall in love because they're cheap if they're not fully contributing.
Windsor Star, don't say goodbye to Pavel just yet...
You might want to put away the silly hats and the noisemakers for the time being, and hold off on ordering the cake for the Pavel Datsyuk going away party.
Despite published reports out of Detroit suggesting that Datsyuk would be done as a Detroit Red Wing following the Stanley Cup playoffs, according to someone who should know — Datsyuk’s agent Dan Millstein — his client has not made a final decision at this point.
“Never say never,” Millstein said. “Anything is possible.”
I'm of the mind Pavel can do what he wants to at this point. He's given his all for the Red Wings and dazzled fans for years. I've never seen him take shifts of when we didn't find out later he played badly injured. I'm fine with Pavel leaving on his terms.
Reminds me of the night 3 buddies and I went to Tiger Stadium the night they clinched the AL East in 84. Got there waaaay early and the Tigers magic # was 1, a win by them or a Blue Jays loss and it was the division. The Tigers started slowly but Boston started beating th bejeesus out of the Jays like 7-1 and then 9-2 and the party was on in those upper deck bleachers early.
Time for a defining game boys. If you can't come up wioth one out of the last two then you don't deserve the playoffs. Over the last 3-4 years I've actually been of the mind that late season decisions aren't being made to procure a Stanley Cup but to just get in the playoffs and get 2 or 3 more home dates out of it all. These are the Red Wings. They should be worrying more about Stanley Cups and long runs than wheezing across the line. If it means we all take a long hard look at Nyquist's regression under a coach they should be flourishing under sobeit. Look at the hash the D has become. Again, there's plenty of time to discuss these matters if they don't win. It wouldn't be the end of the world.
Mostly we need to look at not JUST the players now when we read the words "Of those much is given much is expected", those are the organizational mantra and everyone, all the way up needs to do more. Playoffs are fun but they've become the thing now haven't they?
Nice of the NHL and the city of Denver to put on such a spread and forum for all things Red Wings this weekend. See, the Avs need the Red Wings to be their playdate for something like this or they wouldn't even have an outdoor game there. Against whom? Calgary? Minnesota? New Jersey? The Wings could easily host 6 or 7 teams and have it be a huge success.
Also, if I am elected president the wall around Denver just got ten feet higher and Mike Keane is paying for it!!
Follow me here, I got it all figured out. I read this this morning on the Twitter:
NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL 30s30 seconds ago
Per @EliasSports: @Avalanche Semyon Varlamov is 14-3-3 in 20 career regular-season GP when making 40 or more saves.
So, ipso facto, if the Wings, or whomever take like only TEN shots on goal, this guy is a statistical sieve. Don't shoot on net most of the time, just pass it back and forth or play the board game for no good reason = WIN!