Back on topic more or less, the talk was that Toronto would not retain salary for Kessel Phaneuf or Lupul, and they wanted blue chip prospects and first rounders for them. That's why none were moved. Of their position doesn't change they won't be moved in the summer either.
With Cole coming in there's no room. It's not like he was tearing things up anyway. He gets more goals in the A because the goalies are worse and he has more time to uncork his slapper, pure and simple. NHL d don't give him the time and NHL goalies don't have as many holes.
Backman was a long shot to ever play in Detroit and Janmark might end up as a second or third line center in 3 years. Cole helps now and the Wings have plenty of prospects as good or better than the kids they traded. This is a good trade all around.
We have a pretty young team right now so I kind of expect to see that kind of instability to a degree, and its been nice that our guys have been resilient and confident enough to consistently claw back and walk away with points. But I do agree that its something that the coaching staff and the team as a whole should address. The playoffs are a tighter game of hockey, and its going to be much more difficult to win games after blowing the lead. At the very least the Wings are gaining the confidence that they can do it, so maybe it'll turn out to be a blessing in disguise that they keep blowing leads (and winning).
You should send them all e-mails. I don't think they've thought about it at all. I bet Babcock just shrugs and says "well, we won, who cares if it was a little sloppy and we gave up 3 straight goals. No biggie."
OK, let's be honest here. It was never him vs Clearly. It was between him and Jurco, Pulks, and our other young forwards that are upcoming. Cleary will be gone, most likely, after this season. Nestrasil would have been there, being another bottom 6er. And then we have to lose him or Jurco next season. There wasn't much to do with him. He wasn't going to make the Wings roster full time and he couldn't stay in GR. You can't trade a player with that little value either.
Not saying it was him vs. Cleary. Thing is, Cleary should'nt have been resigned in the first place. He's taking up a roster spot for nothing. Played 13 games this season, making $1.5 million. Great value.
Cleary was brought back more for what he brings off ice. Babcock and the players all talk about his leadership. He's the 14th forward and the team has plenty of cap space. He is a non issue.
Posted by DickieDunn
on 27 February 2015 - 11:58 PM
Look at him in the playoffs last year and you will see what I'm seeing. He drove Quick nuts. Tough guy to move. Net front presence, certainly an upgrade over Andersson. Going to need size in the playoffs. Sheppard is a nice piece who still has room to grow. Rumor says he can be had for pick. One of this teams biggest needs is size, other than a RH Dman. He is an upgrade that can be had for cheap.
So he's an upgrade over a guy who's a reserve when everyone is healthy. Wow, what a great endorsement.