They should convince radulov to come here to play with datsyuk they played good together at the olympics
It wasn't Radulov, and no thanks. He's a headcase and a terrible team player.
Someone's gotta say it...
Since trading away Jarnkrok, the Red Wings now face a tough decision. Who is the next player (aside from Mantha) that will be a star for the Griffins after their season is over. The answer is very simple. Hampus Melen will report to GR this year! There's your next headline people...just have to print the newspapers.
Now THIS is the Let's Go Wings I know and love. The panic. The justifications. The embiggened anti or pro Holland posters posting, the reasoning, the speculation.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, now that's more like it.
And for what it's worth, when it comes to Jarnkrok there aren't a whole lot of guys making grand careers for themselves in the NHL that the Wings gave up on/got rid of/traded at his age. There have been a couple but in assessing talent the Wings aren't exactly the Islanders either...
This team is in bad need of finishers, the defense while not spectacular hasn't been as bad as many people think it is.
We have a solid top six and an electric third line, even with some key forwards injured. We don't have a legitimate top four, even with a fully healthy D corps. Given that defense wins championships (see: Team Canada), we should be looking to bolster our blue line. Take care of the defense and the offense should take care of itself. (Indeed, the main reason why our offense has been sagging is that our blue line isn't driving and directing the attack like it used to, when we had an actual top four with not one but three all-star offensive defensemen playing monster minutes.)
To people saying Ehrhoff isn't what we need: come off it.
We need a top-four defenseman who can move the puck, QB the PP, drive the offense, put up points. Preferably a veteran (we have plenty of young talent), and, though we're looking for an o-minded guy, he needs to be good in his zone. Basically: a younger, lesser Kronwall. That's Ehrhoff. He and DeKeyser would be the second pairing, which would do wonders for him, as he's used to facing the opposition's top guns every shift of every game. Further, a top four of Kronwall-Ericsson and Ehrhoff-DeKeyser would allow for a solid third pairing for years to come. It'd be continuous war for those two spots, which would, in theory, bring out the best in Smith, Quincey (?), Lashoff, Kindl, Marchenko, Almqvist, Ouellet, Sproul. (One or two or three of those would ultimately have to be traded, of course). The only issue with Ehrhoff is his contract. Personally, I don't think it's all that terrible.
As for Stewart - self-explanatory. Big, mean, RH power forward in his prime. I feel like people are probably making a bit too much of the rumors about him clashing with Hitchcock. As I've said before, everyone clashes with Hitchcock sooner or later. I mean, sure, he may have some maturity issues or whatever, and Babcock probably isn't the greatest coach of young talent. But it's well known that power forwards tend to have special development curves which can be frustrating, but which - you hope - is ultimately worth it. For us, a team sorely lacking in pretty much everything Stewart would bring to the table...I think it'd be worth it. At the right price.
Ehrhoff-Stewart in 2014! Change we can believe in!
The issue with Ehrhoff isn't his ability, it's his contract.
You know how Franzen is perceived as a floater? Stewart really is a floater. He works just hard enough on defense to not get benched and has no desire to play a 200 foot game.
I can't believe I just read all that bickering about what an offensive/defensive d-man is... and the Myers rants... but I'll throw in.
Meyers *might* have more upside, but Danny DeKeyser is further along in his NHL development than Tyler Meyers.
As we have a pipeline of our own defensive prospects/projects...
we don't need the big bodied question mark of potential that is Tyler Myers for our playoff run.
Bingo. The Wings have a ton of young d-men, several of whom have the potential to be better than Myers. There's no need for them to take on that contract because Myers might get better in Detroit.