Yeah, but then we wouldn't have the great story about what Scotty said to him about the number 96.
..It's a great number, not like it's an odd ball one...I remember Holmstrom wearing it and IMO, he should have kept it. Looked and still looks much better than 96...maybe 15 is reserved for the call-up position and only used until the player chooses another number...
Former Detroit Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman once asked Tomas Holmstrom why he chose to wear No. 96.
“That's the year I came here from Sweden,'' Holmstrom said.
“We'll, you should have picked 98,'' Bowman told him, “because that's the year you're going back.''
Bowman loved to needle Holmstrom, but he could take it.
To those people saying Cup or bust, why do you feel that way? I was saying stuff like that for about 15 years, but not anymore. Roster isn't that good and IMO it's an unrealistic expectation with this group.
We replaced Filppula with Weiss and added Alfredsson. Is that really all last year's team was missing?
I believe we can win the Cup with this roster because it IS good. Our defense is going to be really good in a few years, but what impressed me most is their ability to lock it down in big games. They may not finish first in the league, but the balance of youth and experience, added to their big game performances, makes me think they've really got something.
Plus, I expect big things from Tatar and Nyquist this year, making a potent third line. Weiss makes our second line a good one finally, and a top line of Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Alfredsson could be lethal. The only line that would lack an identity is our fourth, and it's still early. We've got to dump some roster space, and maybe Holland makes unloads some contracts for a gritty fourth line.
Look at how well they did this year with a garbage roster. Now, the roster issues will be resolved, the lines are balanced and have identities, they're motivated, and they can only do better than last year.
I know playoffs are a crap shoot, but does anyone really see any team other than Boston or maybe Pittsburgh posing a really serious threat to the Wings? Boston got a little worse, and Pittsburgh is always a 50/50 flip on whether they'll show up or not in the playoffs.
I think we'll finish top three in the Conference, and make the Finals at least.
We'll have balanced, deep scoring, enthusiastic youth, we'll be more aggressive (Tatar, Alfredsson, Weiss [to a point]) than we've been before. It's not an all-star roster, but you don't need one to win anymore.
Every area has been improved, it's hard to see how this roster wouldn't compete for the Cup.
This is LGW, so anything short of going 82-0-0 and then a 16-0 run to the cup, coupled with a league record in fighting majors and trading Cleary for the 1st overall pick in 2014 will be an unmitigated disaster which can only be resolved by the instant dismissal of Holland and Babcock
Hey guys. I was wondering if Howard will be wearing different pads for the Winter Classic or just his regular ones. Also, it would be cool to see some early sketches for his helmet design (if anyone has seen anything). Not sure if anyone knows anything about this, but I am pretty excited to see what he will be wearing. Any thoughts? Thanks!