Personally, I'm surprised it was that much. I wouldn't think he should get more than $1.5M. Although as I thought about it more and more I bet you if this contract was actually offered it was similar to the Filppula deal (5 years, $10M) where Ericsson would grow into the deal. So I bet it was yr 1 $1.5M, yr 2 $1.75M, yr 3 $2M, yr 4 $2.25M, and yr 5$ 2.5M or something like that. I could see Holland doing that and banking on Ericsson reaching his potential. I would have been cool with Ericsson back at $1.5 for a year or two and been a little uneasy (but trusted the signing) about the type of contract I listed above but I've always felt Ericsson could reach his potential here but at this rate now I'd finally be ok with him going (if in fact that happens).
That's actually some what possible. ALthough I think I'd rather Bieksa. But I like the idea.
Bieksa may be a little out of reach after this run is done. Though it wouldve been nice.
Sorry if this has been covered already but I'm really confused as to why he was a healthy scratch 9 out of 11 games? It just doesn't make sence to me at all, Abby or Miller both could/should have been benched for Modano. He's just a different kind of player, goals were what we needed and Mo never had a chance to prove he was worthy. Is this Babcocks "American" dislike we have heard about? I just find some of the choices Babs made this year questionable is all.
The Sharks top guns are out performing our top guns. Howard has been better than Niemi but just not good enough. IMO we've ouplayed the Sharks games 1 and 3 but have nothing to show for it. As for players, the Sharks have key guys at the right time killing us. The Sharks have imo have out played us as a team overall these last 2 seasons. Dunno if it has something to do with McLellan or not as well knowing our system.
It's not like Hossa gave up on Detroit when it really mattered. He was a joke in the 2009 playoffs. And absolute joke.
This is what I remember of Hossa and always will. This topic of discussion is ridiculous, Franzen signed here for 1,320,455 per annual caphit UNDER Hossa. Better not see you guys around here cheering when Franzen scores 1.5 average (at least) again this year...
I agree 100% with you Chelios and Mickey Redmond say it all the time that players dont really respect each other now a days, and the cheap hits wont end until the respect factor comes back.
Well unfortunatley Im not sure anyone has a concrete answer on how to get players to respect one another more. Is it by suspensions? Enforcers doing there jobs more? or does it start with there parents and upbringing? But the funny thing about people complaining about respecting each other on this thread is 50% of people said yes this is a bad idea for a poll........ perhaps the respect starts with us.
I'll take one softie per game. But my confidence in our current goalie situation is at an all time low. Every time someone puts the puck near Howard... I close my eyes, cringe and prepare for the worse.
Are you serious? If so I feel sorry for you, I just saw the game and Im might be bias as If****** have straight up man love for Howard but he made a half a dozen insane stops last nite. The Goalie situation should be one the last problems on your mind right now if you actually watched the game.
Love it... People putting all sorta words in my mouth. I'm "bashing the OP", I'm against "the best 2-way forward in the entire world to be the Captain"... HA.
I was simply pointing out that the OP, with a name and avatar based on Datsyuk, came up with the brain straining idea that Datsyuk could be the next captain. < sarcasm> I'm guessing it was a really hard choice on his part. His extremely long opening post with extended explanation of his opinion and how he arrived at it really gave the reader a lot to consider and debate about. < /sarcasm> His responses make it sound like I was crucifying him. He really hasn't done anything for me to truly be annoyed at him. So maybe you all should take things a bit less personally.
As to the subject of the thread... I wouldn't be heartbroken if Dats got the "C". However, short of catastrophic injury, there's no question that Z will be next captain. It's the reason why he has the longest contract in team history, and used to sit next to Yzerman in the locker room.