So, Larkin is going to sit out the AHL playoffs that start tonight for GR?
To me the obvious is that he just played 82 NHL Regular season games AND a tough 5 game series. At this stage I dont think he has anything to learn at the AHL level. He looked a bit burned out in the second half this year compared to the beginning of the season, why not let him rest and focus on next year. Its also not worth the injury rish. Differant story for a guy like Mantha who has alot of development left, Larkin is just past that point.
Here's what I think about the speculation that Zetterberg and Kronwall are running the team -
I don't think it's far fetched to think that way. But I do think it's a bit overdramatic.
Remember when Babcock was the coach everyone used to say "WHY IS ANDERSSON IN THE LINE UP"?? "WHY DOES BABCOCK LIKE ANDERSSON SO MUCH"
Then the same was said about Daniel Cleary and everyone blamed Babcock for it along with Holland. On top of that everyone would blame Holland and Babs for overriping the AHL kids and not playing them.
Now that Babcock is gone people are simply looking for someone else to blame. Looks like the new whipping boys are Zetteberg, Kronwall and as always Ken Holland. Soon as Z and Kronner are gone it will be someone else.
I think folks are having amnesia about how this org has ALWAYS been weird about trusting the younger players. This isn't something that started with Jokim frickin Andersson and Anthony Mantha. This crap has been going on since the 90s. They drafted Datsyuk in 98 and wouldn't let him enter the NHL till 2001. They drafted Z in 99 and wouldn't let him play till 2002.
TL;DR Management runs this team and nobody else. Don't kid yourself.
So does Detroit. And literally every other hockey state. I'm not sure why you're surprised. This is the world we live in now. Tons of *** folks are playing hockey now. Shaw will likely end up apologizing.
Anddd looks like he did-
“I am sincerely sorry for the insensitive remarks that I made last night while in the penalty box. When I got home and saw the video, it was evident that what I did was wrong, no matter the circumstances. I apologize to many people, including the *** and lesbian community, the Chicago Blackhawks organization, Blackhawks fans and anyone else I may have offended. I know my words were hurtful and I will learn from my mistake."
Anyways it's whatever. He'll either get reprimanded or the NHL will take his apology and perhaps give him a warning. It's not that big of a deal. They still have a series to win or lose here.
Ouch. Not that I give the Hawks much chance of a comeback anyway, but Shaw has been huge for them. Suspending a high profile player for the defending champs for an elimination game? This is the NHL sending a league-wide message, loud and clear. I'm all for it - and not just because it hurts Chicago - but I do wish they would show these guts consistently (see: Duncan Keith). Still, credit where credit is due. Huge statement by the NHL.
I think we should be looking to package one of the them in a trade, and my choice would be Marchenko. I think he has the highest trade value and yet the lowest ceiling of the three... Keep Ouellet and Sproul on the roster as our number 6/7...
Won't happen. That article also cites the Franzen deal as a reason to fire Holland. But even though it's turned out horribly, especially when compared to Hossa's post-Wings career, at the time it was a logical decision to make. Franzen looked like he would set the hockey world on fire for years to come. He was dominant in the playoffs. He was every bit a Hossa. Now, signing either one would have been good, but Hossa had the reputation as a bit of a playoff choker, at least with the Wings that year. So it's not rocket science to see why he was signed and not Hossa. Yes, it turned out bad, but hindsight is 20/20. People need to stop using that as a sign of Holland's inability to make a smart hockey move.
And while Yzerman is a good GM, he's hardly becoming legendary. He's about to lose his franchise forward, the Drouin situation is a black eye, the whole debacle with St. Louis, etc. Yes, his team made the finals, but so have a bunch of teams the last ten years. He hasn't consistently made noise in the playoffs yet. Would I welcome him here? Absolutely. But let's not pretend he's magically the best of the best. And his team isn't going anywhere this year, but they did benefit from playing an extremely weak Wings team.