He had to leave because of custody issues with his teenage step daughter (wife's ex wouldn't let daughter live out of state, so his wife and two sons had to live in California year round) That is why he wouldn't re-sign with the Wings. I believe she is of legal age now, which is what enabled him to leave the Sharks. I liked him while he was here, but I don't think he is what the Wings need at this point in time. Nick Lidstrom made many other defenseman look better than they actually are.
Yeah, I agree that Stuart isn't what we need right now - we need an offensive Righty. But the Lidstrom comment seems a little misplaced because I don't really think Stuart ever really played with Lidstrom. He was almost always with Kronwall.
He was very good before he left too. He had a couple costly turnovers in the playoffs before he left, which everyone blew out of proportion, and so he's not looked upon favorable in hindsight. By every standard he was an exceptionally good investment during his time with the Wings.
Oops, I meant to say that other have said that his game has fallen off since he left here.
Loved Stuart while he was here. Never wanted him to leave.
And Nyquist didn't have a point in the preseason. Who cares? It's the preseason. It's not an indicator of anything.
So in the preseason goalies don't try to stop the puck?
Preseason play definitely has consequences on who's going to used where and how. It's why Weiss and Cleary are sitting (unless Weiss is secretly injured), and I think it's why Nyquist didn't start on the first line. One of the main reasons there is a preseason is so Coaches can judge players against NHL competition. The fact that Nestrasil scored against Rask in the preseason is a legitimate consideration.
The thing that bothers me most about this is the fact that people are acting like we clearly had multiple superior options. Jurco was 0 for 2 last year, Zetterberg was 0 for 4, Franzen 0 for 2, Nyquist was 0 for 3.
The only players out there last night who scored last year was Tatar (3 for 9) and Helm (1 for 2). Tatar might very well have been the 3rd shooter. We don't know, but I feel that it would be a safe guess.
It really doesn't seem to be that outrageous a choice to put Nestrasil out there when so many of our players have shown that they can't score and Nestrasil scored on the same goalie in a shootout not very long ago.
The good thing is, the Isles have a very cheap owner so if the Wings are serious about getting a top defender Boychuk would be a nice nice addition. Throw 7 x 6 at him and I highly doubt Wang matches it's time for this team to flex their financial muscle again.
I doubt we have the cap room for a 7 mill defender with Nyquist, Jurco and Smith being RFAs next year.
Anyway, Drew Doughty's worthy 7 - Boychuck ain't. He'll make somewhere around Niskanen's 5.75
Babcock is a good coach but he gets stubborn and tries to prove that he's the smartest guy in the room at times. Insisting on Glendening as the 4th center and Abdelkader on a top line , for example. It's probably time for him to move on.
So far this year, Glendening is proving you wrong. Why do you think Glendening can't be a 4th line center? He's very good defensively, is a good PKer. Is very good on faceoffs, can take assignments against top lines...and he hasn't even played a full year in the league.
What I want to know is with all the recent press how come there's no statement on the situation. No reporter has ask Babcock why Weiss is in grey? Instead they keep asking about his contract after he keeps repeating the same things.
According to Babs Holland not "we" [Babcock and him] made the decision but whatever.
You really need a quote for a claim like that. Besides, "We" is Holland, Ryan Martin, Jim Devellano, Babcock, and probably Draper and maybe Chelios. We don't really the dynamics of how the group makes decisions.
I don't really know why everyone is so surprised. Ouellet deserves to play over Kindl, but Kindl has a pretty big contract and we need to trade him if we want XO to replace him. If we sent Kindl down, he's a 1.475 against the cap for the next 3 years because nobody is going to trade for him if he can't even make the roster. Let him play a bit at the at the beginning of the year and hopefully either he goes back to 12-13 form or we find a trading partner.
Only other option was send Lashoff down and he's just fine as our #7.
I miss Eva, and his arguments that Kronwall was better than Housley based upon the number of 17th place Norris votes that he received or somesuch . Every now and then he would pull out a brilliantly sane and lucid argument though. He had Aspergers, so I was willing to cut him a lot of slack. Mindfly I don't miss at all. Sent from my KFTT using Tapatalk
Wasn't Eva the Hudler lover? maybe you'll find him/her on the Flames board.