Actually, we have too many mediocre players without heart.
I disagree, I think Abby, Miller, Eaves, Emmy, and even Cleary all bust their asses. Unfortunately, they're all expected to fulfill roles on this team that their skill sets don't allow for. Cleary should be a third line winger, Abby a fourth line center, Miller and Eaves fourth line wingers, and Emmy as the 13 forward. Relying on anything more than that is going to get exposed pretty badly against teams with actual depth.
Sometimes teams have bad games. Did Vancouver suck for losing 8-3? Did Anaheim suck for losing 5-1?
Yeah, didn't think so.
We don't suck, but it's clear we don't have the personnel to compete against high end teams. I hope that gets remedied, but who knows.
Please do...anything? It should be pretty clear by this time that mediocre players with "heart" do not trump high end players with skill. Please understand that these guys don't grow on trees, so you're actually going to have to pay for them. I know that's a hard pill to swallow. I saw today that you don't want to trade for depth pieces, and apparently you're against moving your first rounder as well, so I'm not really sure how you plan to get the top four defenseman and top six forward you're pining for. Anyway, I've been told you're a genius so I'm sure you'll figure something out.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
p.s. Pav, Hank, Kronwall, and Franzen aren't getting any younger, just in case you forgot.
I think Smith and Dekeyser could be a very nice pairing for at least another decade. Really happy he is signed, way to go Dekeyser!
Lidström is even doing great things for this organization after retirement, just a walking legend. Loved the interview guy is coming off very smart and calm.
Yeah Smith would have to start playing defense, or scoring, or something in order for me to get excited about that. As of right now I'm MUCH more excited about Kindl than I am about Smith. As such, Kindl and Dekeyser might be something to get pumped about.
Streaky? Right. They guy hasn't put up fewer than 20 goals since his rookie year (18) except in 08-09 when he had 13 goals and 10 assists in 17 games played. You can say a lot of things about Marian Gaborik, but any way you look at it the guy's an elite goal scorer.
gaborik for CHEAP. hes more streaky then franzen and isnt very clutch
What would happen though if either of those teams could sign Filppula as part of the deal? Then Filppula might not be just a rental?
And unless Buffalo does have a firesale I don't really see them trading Vanek.
However I'm big on Vanek just as a player. He could fit nicely into our top 6.
I mean anything's possible, but given their position in the standings I'm assuming that Buffalo wants picks or NHL ready prospects before they want an upcoming UFA. I definitely think Vanek could be had, it would just cost a lot and might not be worth it, as good as he is. I think Pominville is probably the more cost effective option if you're going to trade with Buffalo, and while he's a real good player, he's not as much a pure finisher as Vanek is. And I definitely want a pure goal scorer. Something that will bury those beautiful Datsyuk set ups. Vanek is that, so is Gaborik, Pominville...maybe, but a significant step down as a scorer.
Edit: One reason I like Gaborik over Vanek is because he's exactly the type of player I hope Brunner will become. He'd be a great example for Damien in terms of learning how to use that speed and shot effectively (and consistently) in the tighter checking, faster, NHL game.
I keep making this point and it keeps getting ignored. If you sign Bouwmeester with that price tag, you pretty much ensure that you can't sign a high end winger as well. We simply can't take on that much salary with the cap going down next season. By the time J-Bo's salary is off the books, Datsyuk is back in Russia (perhaps) and every other member of this team is two years older.
Bouwmeester doesn't help in the short or long run because we need defense AND a top six winger. Signing J-Bo means you're going to get another Samuelsson type winger who's top six in theory only.
Rather see Vanek here than Gaborik as far as top 6 forwards go.
The Sabres aren't likely to trade for Flip because they aren't making the playoffs, so a rental player has absolutely no value to them. I like Vanek, but you'd have to give them something else for sure.
Conversely, Flip might have value to the Rangers as it looks like they'll sneak into the playoffs and could use the rental.
Ok enough of this stupid Crosby/Bettman b.s. please. Doesn't anyone remember Crosby being one of the most outspoken critics of Bettman during the lockout? They're both idiots, but this absurd conspiracy theory that somehow the league has a preference for the Penguins is getting annoying.
Also, this is a thread about Dekeyser, not Bettman and Crosby. This is every bit as annoying as people bringing up how Franzen is a floater in each and every single thread on this site.
Crosby's marketable and the NHL is a business, get over it. Or at the very least be creative with it instead of pandering to the lowest common denominator.
I have a question. Does anybody know if Dekeyser is physically still in Toronto? Think about it. By all accounts, Dekeyser had his equipment and was ready to join his team immediately after his decision. The Wings aren't due back in Detroit until around 5:00. Seems like the wait here actually works in our favor right?
Maybe we're waiting because he's not going to announce a signing on his own, and his new team won't be around to announce it with him until this afternoon.
My guess is they'll call a presser for right after the Wings get back to Detroit, and the signing will be announced with KH and Dekeyser attending personally to field questions and all of that.
All predicated, of course, on Dekeyser's current whereabouts.
...people don't honestly believe that DeKeyser is waiting for a plane to land for him to announce...do they?
Honestly, the more and more this gets dragged out past noon just makes me think he's signing here 100% now. He was supposed to have a decision made at noon. Why no announcement coming up on 3pm? 3 hours past your deadline? The more and more closer we get to 4:30ish, the more I honestly think he may be waiting for the team. Ah, i'm just sitting here rationalizing like a good homer fan.
I seriously was typing the exact same thing when you posted. I'm with you buddy.
Why is my troll brain telling me that, even though this is entirely media speculation to fill up space on the web, the fact that we're even talking "very interested" in Bouwmeester means we've been told we're out of the running for DeKeyser?
Because for the last few years every time we've lost any sort of talent it's been replaced by mediocre hacks?
Ya I'd rather have Yandle over JBow. I'd see what Calgary would accept for JBow and then offer the same (or equivalent) to Phx for Yandle and see if they bite.
According to the rumor sites they're asking for essentially the same thing, young roster player, prospect, pick.
And thats just it. This team could use more size. They get injured enough as it is. The bigger they get, the healthier they get. J-Bo has also been an ironman. If there is something this team can use, it's someone who is not gonna be on IR regularly.
yeah nothing like having expensive mediocrity in the lineup night after night after night after night after night.