Hull was pre-cap. And he was a complimentary player. Back then you could pay a 4th line winger 5M and only have to answer to Mr. Illitch. Remember the year that Detroit was paying something like 12M on goalies alone (with Cujo + Hasek + Legace)?
Today, if you're going to tie 1/8 of your team's salary to just one player, he better have at least some sort of pulse when he's on the "other" side of center ice. I don't care how many goals he can score.
Pre-cap? Give me Ovechkin any day of the week. Hell, I'll take two.
Babcock deserves the Jack Adams for coaching a team with a bunch of injuries into the playoffs, but Blysma coached a team with more injuries into a better playoff position AND won a round and he didn't even get nominated? I don't get it.
It doesn't matter that Bylsma won a round. Regular season award.
I think Detroit's injuries (mainly to Z and Datsyuk) were worse.
Also, Crosby's going to win the Hart and Lindsay. That's basically the writers crediting him with Pittsburgh's success.
Plus, even with the injuries, all any voting journalist had to do was look at the rosters to see that Pittsburgh were the better team all season.
In his defense, Janmark was supposed to be one of the more skilled forwards in that draft. If that's the case, then draft him, but if it's a middle of the road dime-a-dozen forward that's undersized, no thanks. If you're taking a smallish guy, look at Max Domi types.
I'm going to defend her. I grew up in rural Michigan. I'd like to say that Wings fans wouldn't do this, but sadly A LOT of them would. Don't think so? Spend about an hour in any dive bar in Osceola County Michigan.
Yeah. As if any of those rednecks know how to use twitter.
I don't think that will work with Mantha. The kid is a natural talent. Best to get him into the NHL and learn the ropes there. There are limits to what you can learn in the AHL.
Something we're missing a bit I think is the fact that the Wings tend to let the smaller guys over-ripen more. It's no coincidence that Nyquist and Tatar both maxed out their waiver exemptions before sticking with the big club while Sheahan and especially Jurco seem to have carved themsleves an NHL niche a little prematurely by Wings standards.
Matha has elite size for a scoring winger. This alone should speed up his development.
Read somewhere else that they may keep Nabokov as backup if they can get a decent starter.
Apparently they will be moving on from Poulin and Nilsson, who never materialized as starter material as they had hoped.
Nabokov would likely be their top choice for a backup if they can get Halak signed up.
If Nabokov hits the market, would he want to come to Detroit this time? My thinking is that he'd either retire, go back to the KHL or sign on as a backup with a team that has a legitimate shot at a Cup. A la Vokoun with the Pens.
Unless Holland outbids everyone. He has the cap space to do it.
The Habs will upset the Bruins, then it's Pitts vs Chicago for the cup dream match-up of the universe (!!!!!!), and Bettman will slather himself in baby oil and slide around a room carpeted with Crosby and Toews posters.
So would they. It's Holland I'm not sure about. He's loyal to a fault.
Holland's notorious for keeping current players or bringing former players back because, in addition to loyalty, he feels like "he knows what he's getting with them". He's dusted off this quote on several occasions in the past.
I'd say the uncertainty (How good will Smith be? How good will that 1st be? How many good years does Kesler have left?) would be more of a turn off for Holland than loyalty.
But yes, Kelser's still in his prime (maybe a touch past it) and this would be the closest thing to a 1996 style Shanahan deal this generation of Wings would see.