The one positive I take away from this series is that I hope Holland sees are far the Wings are really away from being Cup contenders.
As a side rant, I said it at the time and I will say it again....Suter and Parise were worth paying long term big time money to. Especially if you had to pay Parise to get Suter. Depth is much easier to find than elite players. Don't be afraid to sign top end guys because you are afraid of losing Ericssons or players of that level.
embellishment has become routine in all major sports, not just hockey. The NHL actually has a rule to help prevent it, but rarely ever use it. And when they do they usually just have it as a matching penalty.
Funny thing about last night is the only 2 penalties the Bruins got were obvious penalties....while the Bruins seemed to be spending a lot of time complaining about embellishing and well, actually embellishing themselves.
I think if Old Man Wirtz didn't pass away the Hawks would still be trash similar to Edmonton. They went from the worst owner in professional sports to a competent owner(his son) who hired good people. These people made some smart and daring moves. Even when the signing of Hossa put them in cap hell, they won a cup, got under the cap, developed young role players and won the cup again in 3 yrs.
As much as I hate to say it as a Wings fan living in the Chicago area, the Hawks are very well run and will be good for many years to come.
He seems to miss more than he is there. I only listen for about a half hour on my way to work. His partner(speigal) took him to task a little today. I was kind of hoping Wings fans would fill up the phone lines today
You mean the ex-Bronco lineman? Kinda fits. He played great. And one of the most physically flexible lineman I ever saw warm up. But personally, he turned out to be somewhat of a weirdo.
No he has never played professionally anywhere. He is a career radio guy who has had a lot of issues holding jobs because of addiction and anger issues. He probably is the most passionate hockey guy on the radio in Chicago and has been a fan for a lot longer then the last several years.
There are only a few ways to get players onto a hockey team. Draft them, acquire them through free agency, pick them up off waivers, trade for them. Only one of these options requires you lose something (RFA also I suppose, but that's still a rarity in this league). The salary cap makes draft picks, prospects, and roster players that much more valuable, so trades are that much less desirable an option to collect players for your team. I understand that its frustrating to get your hopes up every trade deadline expecting to land some star, but in today's hockey league its more important than ever to be economic. That means developing your talent, holding onto your picks, and making big roster changes through free agency, not through trades. Its boring, but its also a smart way to go.
I'm in the minority which believes Holland did not make a mistake this deadline by not making any moves.