RYAN: "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." I can do those things, because I'm not a hero, not like Duchy. I lost the Minnesota series. That's what I can be.
GENERAL MANAGER JOE SAKIC: No, you can't! You're not!
RYAN: I'm whatever Denver needs me to be. Call it in.
GENERAL MANAGER JOE SAKIC: They'll hunt you.
RYAN: You'll hunt me. You'll condemn me, set the dogs on me. Because that's what needs to happen. Because sometimes the truth isn't good enough. Sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.
SAKIC'S SON: Ryan? Ryan! Why is he running, Dad?
GENERAL MANAGER JOE SAKIC: Because we have to chase him.
SAKIC'S SON: He didn't do anything wrong.
GENERAL MANAGER JOE SAKIC: Because he's the hero Denver deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So, we'll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a two-way dynamo. A Lady Byng candidate. A Hard Day's Knight.
If the rumors are true of Thornton, Kesler, and Spezza all being on the market, it will drive the price down. Fewer teams competing for the same resources. Basic econ guys. This could work in our favor if Holland..........nevermind......
No, but there is Ericsson, dekeyser, quincey. And I don't mind giving up second or third rounders. How many of those have worked out recently anyway? I remember seeing a thread with a post about how guys that we have passed up on in the draft have turned out a lot better than the guys the wings picked.
Ericsson, Dekeyser and Quincey are not Jack Johnson type defencemen. Especially not the calibre he was when he was traded.
We also don't have the 8th overall pick to offer.
As far as how many 2nd and 3rd round picks have worked out...in the Wings case the answer would be many. Ouellet, Sproul, Jurco, Tatar, Bertuzzi, Nastasiuk, Janmark etc.
Just because better people have been passed over doesn't mean we didn't get good players with our selections.
Hats off to the Kings for their success, but we don't need to emulate every team that wins the cup...The Wings system has been proven successful too.