The idea of replacing Cleary with Hudler sounds interesting...either that or give Brunnstrom a shot at some playtime with Dats and Z. Really shake things up to get that line going. In no way, shape, or form do you split a line that's playing as good as Mule, Tuzzi and Flip.
But the line's Mule, Huds and Flip.
I know it's surprising, but Hudler's doing a good job on that line.
I've never been keen on Hudler playing the point on a powerplay.
I'd put Ericsson back there. He's got a bigger shot than Hudler and they paid him a boat load of money. Let's see how he looks on the point.
I would go back to Kindl. Even though it wasn't working well with him on it the first two games (yes, I know he coughed the puck up for that one breakaway), I still think he has some good potential to be a solid powerplay quarterback.
On a side note, anyone else really liking Kindl's overall game this year? Definitely some huge steps from last year. He looks really confident out there, making good passes and not shying away physically.
There was a camera shot late in the game of Ericsson skating backwards basically one on one and breaking up the rush. The camera angle was from behind the end glass and showed really well his positioning and crossover skating skills. I have some high school hockey players that would benefit from seeing this video.
Sorry, I can't help you with the video.
But are you sure you want a video of Ericsson? I think your players would benefit more from watching 5 seconds of Lidstrom than 100 hours of Ericsson.
In terms of the dollars and our cap situation, I don't care all that much about spending the more than an extra million or so needed for Ericsson. What I do REALLY care about though is the precedent his deal has set.
If Ericsson is worth $3.25M, then what are much better defensemen in Kronwall and Stuart worth? 6 and 5 million, respectively? I don't know, but surely Kronner and Stuey's agents will play this card heavily during negotiations.
And this could have a dramatic effect on our D for years to come. So hopefully Kronwall and Stuart decide to take nice hometown discounts despite E's contract. Or Ericsson plays like a top 4 guy.
If we win one more game in '09, the Cup would be ours and the Conn Smythe would likely go to Chris Osgood.
That was just two years ago. It's not ancient history.
In the playoffs, I think Ozzie still has it in him to step up to the occasion if called upon. This is because he's done it before not that long ago. Could you say the same about Ray Emery or Ty Conklin?