I'd be cool with trading Filppula, but I don't want us giving him away for nothing. I'd trade him for Nathan Horton. Both are UFAs at the end of the season. From the sounds of it, Filppula is gonna want upwards of $5 mil/year, an amount I don't feel he's worth. He's likely hit his peak and he's a bit older. Boston probably won't go for it at this point in the season, though.
Guys like Horton are the kind of guys we need to be targeting with us moving to the east.
I don't see the problem. Once Bertuzzi and Samuelsson get back, we'll be back in playoff form. Cleary has played great with Datsyuk. Also, benching Tootoo was a solid move by Babs last night. Guys that play with energy on every shift are useless. I like our team, too. No moves need to be made right now. If anything, re-sign Filppula for $5 mil/year, since he's definitely earned it with his stellar play.
You've got to be kidding. He's one of biggest spotpickers in the league. He's fought guys like Datsyuk, Rafalski, Jay McLement, Brent Burns, Derek Morris, and Gilbert Brule. Fought Stephane Robidas earlier in the season. Robidas has like 10 career fights and he's played over 800 games.
Scoring goals and occasionally smacking a finesse guy with your purse doesn't make you a power forward. Perry is a fraud. He's gifted with the puck, no doubt, but no way in hell is he a power forward.
I'm not just a fan of the Wings. So this isn't just blind hate for Perry. I watch all teams. Power forwards are guys like David Clarkson, Ryane Clowe, and Wayne Simmonds.
Another blown lead. Cleary looked awful today. Made several plays that had me scratching my head. Franzen played like garbage. Turned the puck over numerous times. I was happy to see Edzo and Pierre pointing out Franzen's general lack of effort. Howard was the only reason the game was tied after the first.
Tatar needs to stay up. Brunner had another good game.