How do we know when he's not given the chance? When he played with Kronwall he has looked pretty decent, albeit small sample size but to say there is no upside is not true. He's not a defensive minded guy, he's more offense driven. As I said earlier, we are not playing him to his strengths, he should have absolutely been given a chance on the PP this year.
I am impartial to Smith and don't really care if he's on the team next year or not. However, I don't think he's been given the proper chance to succeed, Babcock is giving him the Weiss treatment and not playing him to his strengths. No point in pointing out his offensive stats when he doesn't get any PP time.
You want successful regular seasons you have to look at 01-02, or 07-08 or the ones one they got atleast a top 3 seed. This team hasn't been a Cup contender heading into the playoffs since the 2009 post season as since then they have been longshot dark horse teams. Successful regular season is when pretty much all of your series open at the Joe remember them?
In the 90's when the Wings had postseason results that mirrored the ones they had from 2010-present coaches were fired and if not for 97 Cup I bet Scotty Bowan would've been given the axe shortly after. Don't give me cap excuses b/c last time I checked a cap existed from 05-06 to 08-09 and the Wings were seeded no lower than #2 heading into each of those postseasons and were considered Cup favourites.
Since game 7 2009 this franchise has headed downhill for the most part as that game served as the end of a chapter in Wings lore. Right now we are in the 2005-2013 New England Patriots but I think our cup drought will last longer than the Patriots SB drought!
Presented to you by Belle Tire, the doom and gloom post of the week.
Didn't say holland is a moron for not knowing he'd get hurt ... But if he never plays again the trade becomes meaningless , we got him to make an impact and help us win games
And to the person who said he scored goals and helped us win games he scored 3 and one was in a 7-2 win which wasn't a factor
The point of this three believe it or not was just to find out what's going on with Coles injury cause it be nice to have him (especially in the playoffs , if we get in)
We could use his physical presence
Never bitched about cole ... Just trying to figure out his injury status
As for weiss I said it since day 1 ... He was overrated when we got him and he hasn't done anything since we got him and has been.an awful signing ... Injuries or not ... Sorry if that pisses you off
Ok so his 2 goals helped us win. In fact he scored one that turned to be the tying goal in which we went on to win the game. Without that goal we probably have 2 less points.
Also, by your analogy we should never make trades because if we do and the guy gets injured then it's bad. Well genius you usually make trades to improve your team. You complained last year about trading Jarnkrok, it's not surprising your bitching again because someone "might" not make it back before the end of the year.
Coaching is the LAST problem with the Wings. It's the Defense! Plain and simple! We have ONE .... one top four D man. The rest are all 5,6,7s. Danny will be there but he has no mentor as Kronner is fried. It is the D!
Ok so a D man who has 29 points, and is a +12 is not a top four D man? Sure DD has had a couple bad games, but I have no idea what games you watch to consider him only a top 6 D man.