Right now, it looks like Mrazek's style suits this Wings team better. Other team's game plans vs Detroit boils down to dumping the puck, getting on the grind, shooting from the point, and getting deflections and dirty goals. Mrazek's puck-handling and quickness in tight make that game plan hard to execute.
But being THE guy, and playing all the time, is different than being the backup, obviously.
He's got everything to be the star elite goalie I dont think we ever had ... We had hasek(who's happens to be my fav all time goalie)but he was in the end of his career
Now if it was up to me if let's say mrazek goes on a tear to end the season and he backstops us till say game 7 2nd round or eastern conference finals type playoffs I'm willing to get a veteran backup goalie who can play half the games if need be and strongly consider trading howard in a blockbuster deal and getting some pieces back that will help us contend for the cup next few years with hank and pav still here
I know it won't happen but I'd be more than willing to trade howard if mrazek goes nuts the rest of the way
Yes it's important to play good defense but we have alot of good 2 way guys on the team .... I think if we have 4 lines with scoring threats it will cause headaches to other teams ... Mule on the 4th line playing against other 4th liners and bottom d pairs could get us big goals in key moments same with the 3rd line
That being said Babcock loves miller so I dont think he wont go anywhere and the only chance pulkkinen stays is if he makes it hard for Us to send him down
And besides no idea if mule returns and if someone will get hurt (knock on wood) so we'll have to wait and see
Idk why you guys think Mrazek is going to do any better than Howard did against Calgary or how Gus did tonight. Have you forgetten that Mrazek too has let in 4-5 goals per game. MULTIPLE times. I think he went on a stretch (3 games in a row?) where he left 4,5 goals in consecutively. Yes I do believe Mrazek is a great goalie but lets not get too excited that he's some elite goalie that's going to save us. The wings have to play tighter in general in order to prevent these massacres from occuring.
I am definitely looking forward to Mrazek's puck handling to help the D out in a few games down this stretch tho.
He's 22 and it's normal he will have a few hiccups but he'll have way many better performances than bad ones ... A few of monsters goals he let in today were embarrassing
Mrazek is the future ... Gus will be in Sweden in a few years
I do think Janmark has upside. Don't doubt it at all. But he is far too unproven to have much in the way of trade value. While it would have been nice to package him in bringing in a right handed dman, it would be a pipedream due to his lack of trade value. Guys like Pulks have some trade value. Not Janmark. Not even gonna mention Backman as he is damaged goods as far as the Wings go. He was never going to play here, and other GM's know that. He literally had no trade value as long as he was our prospect. The 2nd rounder is the biggest part of this trade that we gave up. Not the end of the world as we still have our first, and if things dont work out and the Wings don't make a run this year, we get the Stars 3rd rounder. Which is not at all far back from where our 2nd rounder is really. 20 spots down tops? Which makes little difference in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. And if we don't get that 3rd? That's because we make the final 4. And if we do make the final 4, I'd bet my left ******** Cole would be an important part of that.
I got no problems with the picks involved , you never know if those guys will be player or not ... I personally would of added a pick next year and kept janmark but somehow I have feeling Nill wanted him
And your probably right he doesn't have much value to be used in a package deal for someone I'd just rather of kept him and waited till his value gone up and if he was a bust he was a bust
But what do I know? Every pick we choose we never know what will happen to them ... I thought "hat trick dick" would of been a star here and also he's swedish ... Last 2 years seems we're getting rid of all our swedes lol there all extinct now ... Axel holmstrom is our only hope
I dunno, Pulkkinen's matched Jurco's goal total (2) in far fewer games, and he's just getting warmed up. Cole is, at this time, basically a better Jurco (big, physical goal-scorer with good wheels). Pulkkinen gives us a dimension that no one else does.
I think pulkkinen on the bottom 6 playing against teams bottom pairs and 3rd d pairings could be a huge player for us in the playoffs and provide us with some offence
Cole is the kind of guy you win with in the playoffs. We got him for next to nothing (aka a player that ran back to Sweden and a guy who was never making this team due to being too far back on the depth chart.)
Like I said before I like cole and he's the guy I wanted us to get ... Also didn't think he would cost us this much though ... He could be a complete bust but i liked janmarks upside and even though our prospect pool is high doesn't mean we should just give them away for older ufa's
What's funny is just today on twitter I was going on to someone about how I hope janmark convinces backman to come down fulltime next year and now there both gone lol