Washington is a much better team now for signing those guys last July. Franson is in the prime of his career and fills all our needs. I would overpay. I do believe Phaneuf is the better overall defensemen though but, trading assets, terrible contract, LH'd and older.
Him being a better all around player. I don't understand all the flack he's getting I thought he was one of our better players these playoffs. There's more to his game than just points. He's developing as a good playmaker and his defensive game is getting better and better. I think the franchise views him as the more valuable asset as well. Tatar was the most disappointing player these playoffs for me
Dekeseyer needs to work on his point shot. There's no reason why he can't put pucks on net with his frame and hockey IQ. Not having anybody on the blueline that can get pucks on goal is a massive team weakness
Abby is not a bonafide top 6 player. A bonafide top 6 player would score more points in the regular season playing with Zetterberg and Nyquist. And certainly would do more in the playoffs than Abby did. He works hard and improved greatly, but still doesn't have a lot of talent.
22 goals in a injury shortened season. He makes that line happen
Everyone's just going to ignore the fact that Z looked way more effective as a center than everyone besides Datsyuk. He's also been more productive and the series changed as soon as he was moved from Dats wing to centre
If you stare at the stats then everyone jumps on Nyqvist but he was a hell of a lot better than Tatar. He's always in on the puck and getting zone time. Tatar has no forecheck to his game and kills all offence if he's actually handling the puck and he also saved his worst game for game 7. He still dourest know how to play playoff hockey. Gus was good, sometimes it doesn't translate on the stat sheet, much like most of our forwards
Could have something to do with all those Kronwallings that went unpunished. The NHL has always found loopholes to keep important players playing in important games so of course they would make an exception for the Red Wings. Kronner must be devastated. Reminds me of 07 when Pronger got a game suspension in a pivotal game against us in the WCF and the Ducks rallied without him and won. Well, I hope anyways
This series has been good but the Wings losing game 7 wouldn't even bother me all that much (maybe). They have huge holes on offence and defense and Tampa just has way more skill and fire power than us, even if they play some uninspired hockey. I don't think Tampa has the guts to go to the finals. After game 2 Tampa has pretty much only been able to score after we make dumb mistakes, which is bound to happen with this roster. Need a great dman and great winger plus some growth from our younger players
It's alright when you think about it like we stole game 1 and they stole game 4. It just makes me sick to think how close we were. Aside from Ericsson letting his man walk straight to the net, our defense played great and we got good goaltending, aside from the first goal. We just seem lacking offensively. Could have run up the score, especially on the PP's that were wasted.
Mrarzek should have had that first goal. He saves that bad angle short side shot then we win 2-0.... no chance on the other goals. It's infuriating that our "top pairing" is the most easily rattled players we have on the team. DD and Q are pretty much better at every facet of defense. What do we do with E and Kronner? Locked up long term and pretty much keep our defense stagnant at mediocrity unless we upgrade so much they're on the 3rd pairing