Everyone thought WIz was overpaid at the time...but now he is a very well paid d-man who again is putting up some great points PLUS is RH'd and sticks up for his teammates....really wish in hindsight that Holland would have given Wiz that money instead of Columbus giving it to him.
I think Niskanen would thrive here (there is always the possibility of faultering, but odds are he won't.) Holland should go after him hard.
Also another note on Alfie...how effective is he going to be on the 4th line? If Holland gets his #1 scorer via trade or UFA, then signs Alfie where is he going to go?
Z - D - UFA/Trade
Nyquist - Weiss - Franzen
Jurco - Sheahan - Tatar
Miller - Helm - Abdelkader
He will probably bump Miller to the 13th forward, but still, unless Franzen gets demoted (or traded (PLEASE!!!)) Alfie is on the 4th line...Babcock better not put Jurco/Tatar/Nyquist on that 4th line! CRAP! I forgot about Glendening too! See...this is bad on all points. Alfie is going to take up a roster spot that needs to be upgraded! It's just a bad idea...I never wish injury on someone, but I do hope he decides to retire due to nagging ones...
Yes, a guy that has already missed over 60 games since signing that contract three years ago and is injured every year. Just what we need.
Do you even bother doing research before you say things?
It's better to have depth, then not have any at all.
When injuries happen and we have to call up a kid that isn't ready to replace D, Z, Mule or whoever (knock on wood no injuries). I would rather have Alfie then not have him. I highly doubt a kid will come up and produce at the level Alfie will, and provide veteran leadership.
^ Because that's Holland. He will give Alfie the exact same contract...$5.5M. He will re-sign Cleary and Quincey AND he will trade the #1 for a #2. I am not being funny either. This will happen, we all know it. Expect it and get ready for a worse season than last. Holland is off his rocker if he re-signs Alfie. I'd rather him re-sign Legwand. Holland is quickly becoming the dumbest GM in the NHL. He hasn't done s*** that has made sense since he signed Hossa in 2008. People act like he scouts and is responsible for the draft, he just picks who his scouts say is the best. He is becoming BY FAR the laughing stock of the NHL....
You sound like a troll, thank god you don't run the team. We would probably miss the playoffs 23 years in a row.
You might want to do some research, Holland was the director of scouting for 7 years before he was a GM, I will believe him and the scouts over your opinion of what you think goes on.
Alfie before the Olympics was 10 points under a PPG. When everyone was healthy he was a huge asset no matter what way you slice it.
Alfie broke down in the 2nd half of the season and was invisible most nights, and in the playoffs. He's 41 and he isn't going to get any more durable as we go along. Wish he'd hung them up. I'll hold out hope for a trade or something, but the way we're going looks like were gonna bring the same damn team into next season.
The season is starting already? Wow, didn't know that.
Late last night I was struck with the notion that Holland's is definitely going to make a big trade, and it might be borderline Crazy Cat Lady crazy. Like Mantha + Smith + 1st for someone like Marleau.
I think a lot of fans see comparisons to a Hall of Fame caliber player, or they read what a prospect could develop into, they don't take into account that most players don't reach their full potential. Some are complete busts and never see the NHL. Others have decent careers, but never reach what their top end potential was projected to be-guys like Bonk, Anders Ericsson, Smid, and Upshall. It's more likely that Mantha puts up Fraznen type numbers than he turn into some perennial All-Star power forward.
Konstantinov was one of the dirtiest players int he NHL. Shanahan, Chelios, Hull are all big names who had of ice personality issues. Probert was an alcoholic and drug addict who thought that his status enabled him to do pretty much whatever he wanted when you or I would have been in prison. There was that story about Tatar blaring loud music among other things at all hours in the condo he was subletting from Helm to the point where the other residents wanted him evicted.
People complain to complain. Where I used to live in an apartment a lady complained because my alarm clock went off at 5AM, and I had to be at work at 6AM.
s***, I would have went next door and partied with Tatar if I was them.
I remember a certain RichDG whining and moaning about our 2013 draft selections. I'm beyond giddy that about 5 of those 8 are already showing stellar promise. When is Axe coming back?
Way too many armchair GM's on this board. They think they know everything but they really don't.
The same can be said for Jarnkrok being traded. They see things we don't, and with the drafting and depth in GR Holland obviously has a clue what he's doing. And before we try and give all the credit to Nill for being in charge of drafting, that is false. Holland was an amateur and pro scout before coming a GM. He knows exactly what he's looking for in a player.