Bert and Homie are supposed to provide the net presence on scoring lines, which makes them liable for bad calls and yet those two are undoubtedly on the referees s*** list for reputation calls among with a bunch others in the league... That's what... Irony?
1. Top-six scoring winger OR a solid third line center that would allow Filppula to play on Pav's wing. (Probably not Abdelkader or Helm)
2. Solid seasoned veteran bottom pairing defensive defenseman. (Not Ericsson)
3. Smart and safe puck moving defenseman for the third pair. (Probably not Ericsson or Kindl)
4. Someone to keep the flies off.
(5.) Perhaps a backup goalie other than Ozzie but I feel like Ozzie has one more redemption run in him by backup goalie standards.
EDIT: To me, that's the ideal. I realistically hope they get at least a couple of those.
"Obviously, he proved to himself (this season) that he's a top-one defenseman," forward Danny Cleary said, laughing at his own impromptu designation. "It's hard to retire when you're the best. So, I don't know. I hope he comes back for our sake, and for everybody's sake." From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/a...w#ixzz1MMTaD600
Haha. I've never heard anybody else use that "top-one" phrase.
As a general principle, I just want Kenny to get some guys who are hungry for a cup.
I think the Wings showed all the heart, desire and hunger that they had. They did everything they could. Yet, they're not the ones traveling to Vancouver. The challenge is that if you've won a cup before, you're probably don't have as much desire as someone who hasn't. I hope that some news faces would keep things fresh and exciting and inspire the team a little more.