Don't argue with me. Argue with the Redwing philosophy for the last gazillion years.
My point was: I hope he is that good. I want to win, and I want the best players to play. Not the ones Kenny feels loyal to. (although I do admit that Ken Hollands approach has worked for a number of years)
It was okay to be sentimental when you had the future of the team cemented in Z, Dats, Lids, but now we can't afford to let our young talent waste away to allow aging vets to retire in peace in the Red Wings country club locker room. holland needs to start seeing this.
I never thought I would say this but I miss Sammy. I have never been a huge Samuelsson fan but he can provide secondary scoring. If I am Babs, I would sit Cleary....sorry to all the fans of 11,but he has been terrible. He turns the puck over constantly. He makes misguided decisions with the puck....and he has lost a step. He and Miller have been the biggest disappointments so far.
When Helm is back wit h Samuelsson, bring up Nyqvist and sit Cleary. To me he is the obvious choice although I know he is fan fav and he is trying but at this point, he is a liability even in his own end where he was an asset.
I think everyone is with you on this one. Looking back at every GDT you see Cleary getting trashed because he just can't cut it anymore physically and he doesn't have the size to go on like Bert. He needs to go now, we can't afford to be sentimental on this one.
With helm back we get some more depth, but I still would rather have him in the future as a supercenter on the forth line with Abby - Helm - Eaves/Tootoo and then bring up Sheahan or Jarnkrok to center the third line and get some production out of our third line next year with an injection of youth.
Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Brunner
Nyquist - Filppula - Franzen
Tatar - Jarnkrok - Bert
Abby - Helm - Eaves/Tootoo
Buyout Sammy let Cleary go (he's done).
Not many teams could match that forward depth with Having Emmerton/Andersson and Tootoo as 13/14 guys.
Its also a cost effective lineup. Can spend money on the back end.
Watch the Western Michigan v. Michigan game last night (Western won 5-1) and got to watch Dan Dekeyser play like he is definitely ready for the NHL. (didn't know he was a junior though) This year more than any he would be able to step right into the Wings lineup after his season is over. I certainly hope Holland doesn't miss out on him, like he did with Schultz....at least with Dekeyser, the Red Wings ARE on his short list of teams he wants to play for...lets just hope Holland doesn't screw the pooch.... I think dumping Kindl and signing Dekeyser would be the obvious thing to do....
Agreed. We need this kid to come to Detroit. If we aren't going to be trading for talent on D and obviously this year's UFA class is terrible for dmen, we need acquisitions like this to make up for it.
I hope you are able to spend some quality time with your old man, cause you never know. But mainly, It's nice to hear that you care and are concerned about his well being.
I'm in my late 40's, in all appearences still healthy and strong (still mountain bike and skate, etc)) but was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease recently, so statistically speaking, I've got about 1 yr of being physically able (albeit in decline), then about 3 more years of...whatever, I'm not exactly sure, I just know it's going to suck (and it's gonna suck a lot more if i gotta lie in bed and watch the Wings stink up the joint!). And I waited a long time before getting married and having kids, so unfortunately my kids are both under 2 1/2 years old.
I hesistate to post this, cause I certainly don't want to make this thread about me, but thouht maybe it could be a good reminder to everyone to hug your loved ones whenever you can, because life throws a lot of devasting blindside hits and it doesn't discriminate.
Condolences to Juri, his family, and friends.
You sir are very brave. I wish you and your family all the best in this world. I'll be sure to spend as much time with my family as I can.