I watched a good amount of the Memorial Cup games, and to be really honest I think this kid needs a year in the AHL. His size, skill, and speed are obvious for the world to see, but when he finally had to face some tough checking he was flummoxed. I genuinely think he'll be really good, but he needs to acclimatize himself to higher quality competition in the AHL. If not he'll get frustrated and get knocked off his game. If it's that easy for Guelph and Edmonton to do it, imagine how he'd suffer against NHL competition. I'd give him a full year in the AHL with the understanding that he'd be the first or second injury call up.
3 lockouts. Negotiating without shutting the league down would be good negotiations, he's too stubborn and knows nothing about hockey
He may not "know anything about hockey" in the sense that he probably couldn't coach a team to the Stanley Cup finals, but I'm sure Mike Babcock couldn't operate a multi-billion dollar industry either.
Gary Bettman isn't employed to be a fanboy. He's employed to run a business, and by ever single metric he's doing that very well.
I'd love if Kenny could land a legitimate top 4 defender, I'm just not sure how feasible it is. Adding Boyle and working some of the younger guys into the system seems feasible to me.
I agree, this is feasible. But it's not a contender. And if we're not going to contend either way, I'd rather the kid get the experience, the team get a higher draft pick, and Dan Boyle go someplace else.
What would signing him accomplish?
Kronwall, Smith, Ericsson, Dekeyser, Boyle, and kids is still not a very good defense. So why waste the money and keep a deserving kid from getting experience? Who knows, a kid might surprise you. God knows nobody thought Sheahan or Jurco were ready until they were given a chance. You know who definitely isn't going to surprise you though? Dan Boyle. He's just going to be a less good version of his old self (which wasn't all that great to begin with).
I wouldn't be opposed to grabbing Elliott, Emery or Johnson. I think the issue with those guys (outside of re-signing with their team, or another) is that Detroit clearly has a limited window for a back-up goalie next season. It's basically going to be one season, then Mrazek will be up and battling with Howie. I'm still of the mindset that I'd like to see Mrazek play the year in GR and get in a full season.
I think that leaves the Wings with two candidates for the back-up position - an older guy on his way out, or a younger-ish guy with something to prove. While they may not be popular options, I could see the Wings rolling the dice on someone like Nabokov or MacDonald. Alternatively, I wouldn't mind seeing someone like Greiss, Montoya or Peters for a season - all guys want to show they're capable NHL goalies.
My similarly related, but possibly insane suggestion is to give Thomas McCollum a one-year deal to prove he can play at the NHL level before he parts ways with Detroit. He had a pretty solid year in GR, and I think it'd be a nice to see him play a year behind Howard. I actually think he'd prove up to the task, despite his previous outings in Detroit.
If we signed Emery we'd get a backup goalie and the enforcer everyone seems to want. Win - win.
If you watch the Bruins' post game comments they all have the same mindset. They keep repeating over and over "We have such a good team", "we're so good", blah, blah, blah. Iginla, Lucic, Boychuk, all spoke in those terms. It's like they can't believe that they actually have to PROVE how good they are in the playoffs rather than just being handed the Cup based on their regular season record.
According to reports Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins allegedly called Dale Weise a "baby" after their playoffs series concluded tonight; this coming after Lucic allegely called Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin a "chicken" after a regular season altercation. In response to these reports Lucic issued the following statement: "I'm rubber and you're glue, whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you".
If St. Louis would have done their damn job, I'd be on cloud 9 with the Hawks, Pens AND Bruins out. Out of all the teams left I wouldn't mind seeing the Rangers win the cup. I doubt that'll happen though, I just don't see anyone beating the Hawks honestly. Maybe LA or Anaheim can but Chicago is too good. Anyone but the Hawks, please.
Not sure if you saw, but the Canadiens just handled the bestest team in the history of bestest teams. To suggest that out of the remaining teams they're the least likely to beat Chicago sort of flies in the face of the fact that they just whooped a President's Trophy winner.
Styling and Profiling! (Then slaps on a figure four for good measure.)
That article only made me love Subban more. Comparing anyone to the Nature Boy usually does that for me!