Trading to a divisional opponent should not be an issue in this particular situation. The Wings and Leafs don't play each other any more this season, the Leafs have no chance in making the playoffs, and Franson is a UFA at the end of the season. The Leafs should and would have taken the best deal on the table, regardless of who they were helping out. Why shouldn't the prospect matter in this situation? The Leafs can't draft for s***, they should be after high end prospects before late first round draft picks. Ouellet should be worth more to a team like the Leafs than a 24ish overall pick from Nashville. And give it a rest with this Babcock speculation, it's bulls***, plain and simple. Yes, since the Wings didn't land Franson, they will get bounced earlier in the playoffs, and now Babcock will choose to go to the Leafs, who are in full rebuild mode, rather than stay with a team that has a tradition of winning, and is a year or two max away from contention once again... Give me a f***ing break...
How often do you watch the Leafs? living in Toronto I see them a few times a week and I wouldn't trade Ouellet for 2 months of Franson straight up.
His risky passes and tendency to turn pucks over around his own net would have him in Bab's doghouse in short order.
He'd be on the 3rd pairing before the playoffs even begin.
The Leafs also wont make any deals that might help the Wings as they truly believe that if the Wings fizzle in the playoffs this year, Babcock will be their head coach next year. Helping us make a playoff run would only increase the chances he'd re-sign with the Wings.
Where is this "at any cost" coming from? Obviously I wouldn't have given up the farm for him, but we could have easily beaten out the Preds in that trade, without giving up too much. No, a first round pick isn't ideal but I think we could have given up a second and a better prospect and got the deal done. I just find it hilarious how people come on here saying, he isn't the player we needed. If he isn't the type of defenseman this team needs, then that player doesn't exist. Of all the players available (taking cost into account) he absolutely was the best fit for this team. But yeah, keep talking about Yandle... Not going to happen, nor should it...
We don't have a 2nd round pick, we traded it last season in an overpayment for a rental. This would be even worse since we don't really have an aching need for a 2nd pairing defenceman even if he does shoot right.
If we're going to get a minute eating top pairing defenceman its going to be one of those prospects you seem to eager to trade. They are not often available via free agency, and when they are they cost a fortune. The same goes for trying to acquire one via trade, the cost will out weigh the benefit.
Hey, didn't we trade a 1st for Kyle Quincey?
Holland does overpay. Just for the wrong guys.
Honestly right now I'd prefer Quincey to Franson simply because Franson would be gone at the end of the season without question.
He wants 6 million plus a season long term, and he just wouldn't get that in Detroit.
Franson would be a much better player offensively, and he'd improve the PP, but we're already #1 on the PP, and his offence comes at the expense of defence.
Domi isn't taunting the opposition with his tongue out of his mouth. He celebrates every goal that way whether its in the WJR's, the OHL or in Minor hockey.
Just like I enjoyed watching Petr Mrazek celebrate stopping penalty shots by going nuts and jumping into the glass I also enjoy seeing forwards find new ways to celebrate goals, at least at this level of hockey.
Let these kids have fun, most of them will have all that youthful exuberance stripped away from them when they reach the NHL.
Was anyone else extremely unimpressed with McDavid? He essentially whiffed on 2 golden back-door opportunities and ran around hot headed the whole game (perks of wearing the cage I guess). He's obviously going to be a great player but all this "next crosby" bulls*** seems to be just that. If you ask me, Eichel seems to be the more NHL ready of the 2. He knows how to control the play and his passing ability is phenomenal. Of course this is all based off of a tiny sample size and I wont pretend to be any sort of expert. What does everyone else think?
Also, can we all agree that this is the worst team Russia has iced in years?
Keep in mind McDavid is playing his first hockey in weeks and possibly still hasn't fully recovered from his broken hand. I've seen him play a few times this year in the OHL and he's every bit as good as most claim him to be (though definitely not Crosby level good). I haven't seen as much of Eichel but you can certainly see flashes of his exceptional talent as well.
Both players have been overshadowed by players on their own team this WJHC's though, Larkin for the USA, and Max Domi for Canada.
Flashy, any games i'm scheduled in for that you want to grab up, by all means shoot me a PM and we'll make it happen. You know how we've done it in the past, i'll gladly step out of a slot if it means we get an original FlashyG creation this season.
I've got a pretty good one in mind for the 27th vs Ottawa if you'd let me have that one.
Nope. He's abandoned us. He is dead to me. He has been Phanuefed.
I have not abandoned you at all! Please no phaneufing.
I was too late to get this game on LGW's and it wouldn't have made any sense to do a nesty themed GDT for any team but Carolina. Now that my personal life has settled down a bit I have a bit of free time to do some more GDT's.
I've got a few ideas kicking around that aren't themed for anyone specific so I'll be signing up for a couple very soon.