I hope guys like Pulkinnen, Kindl and Andersson are being showcased for a trade otherwise these lineups make no sense, but losing purposely makes no sense either. I would really welcome some sort of trade right about now
I think he will replicate last year if he stays healthy. He has all the tools like you mentioned. If he's demoted to 4th line though I'm not so sure.
I never watched the last game was he demoted? I think the last thing Blash should be doing is "sending messages" to key players right now a la Michelle Therrien. Who knows, with the role our 4th line plays it's hardly a demotion. In the end I want to see Abby do well and I want to get 50 dollars as well
So if Abby wanted 8 years and Holland wanted 5, would you naysayers have told Abby to walk? I'm not thrilled with the term but I'm happy for Abby that he'll retire a wing. These 4M contracts aren't back breaking even if he does regress badly in his final years. People act like Holland has decided to replace Datsyuk with Abby because of this deal. He's paid like a secondary player
Having a guy that hovers around 20ish goals and leads your team in hits at 4.25M is a pretty good deal. 5 years would have been the perfect deal imo but I'm sure Holland considered this but Abby didn't want to hit FA on the downside of his career with only a few years left in him
I think Holland plans on continuing with the youth movement. Abby will be a great complimentary guy with Dats and Z and then with Larkin and AA. We are just now seeing our high end prospects seeing NHL ice time. The deal is long but it's not like Abdelkader is being paid like some corner stone of the franchise, he's being paid like a good complimentary forward. Who knows what 20 goal scorers will be getting in 3 years and this saves us from getting a gritty scoring forward through FA. Something we will always need even int the future considering our prospects
How was Franzen dreadful? He led our team in goals every year until his injuries. People on these boards spend more time talking about players then actually watching them. There's something wrong with people having their own personal investment in players struggles just for the sake of I told you so's.
Abby got a fair deal in today's NHL and the term just guarantees he retires a wing. They probably see him as a great leader and somebody they need around when Dats retires
Why does everyone consider Franzen's contract some sort of failure? We got great production out of him for his cap hit and now him likely going on LTIR he has no cap hit at all. I'd say it worked out pretty well for us