I counted no less than 5 times that the RD'd stick stop the puck at the blueline where a leftie would've had a harder time doing so. Not to mention the GWG as flukey as it was, a LH'd shot would've have had to backhand it or try to bring it back to the forehand giving the Rags an extra second to get into better position. Genius move by Holland, instant dividend! Not even Yandle nor Phanuef would have been able to get that shot off any smoother. Cole looked good, a bit nervous, but had some good shots on goal. Nobody wants to see the Wings in the 1st round, that's for sure!
Ya, all of Pulk, March and Jurco will all be "sent to GR" on paper, in order to qualify them for the AHL playoffs. They will be "recalled" after 3PM when the roster limits are no longer set at 23, as long as they fit under the cap.
I cannot say how happy I am right now, these are two types of trades that add the right combo of what a team may need to get them over the top. All these teams "loading up" have a s*** ton more to lose if they don't win a Cup, and guess what? Last I heard only ONE team can still win the Cup, so there are 4-5 teams that loaded up this week, that are going to kicking themselves in the ass...Chicago better win this year, becuase if they don't, they are facing the same situation as 2010, they will need to dump salary to get under the cap.
What Holland did the last 24 hours just proves that he is still one of the best. I may be biased, but if you are couting what was sent in retrurn today, Detroit cam out near the top of the "winner" chart. I am very critical of Holland (to say the least) but today it just proves how much I should be less critical of him. Look at the last few years of drafting and todays deadline. Sure he paid too much for Legwand last year, but he HAD to, there was almost no way of making the playoffs with Andy as your #1 center. He tried for the Olsen twins, he tried for the big names last July, he stood his ground last year and this year when everyone wanted Mantha (and now Larkin.) This may not be a Cup winning day for us, but it was definitely a playoff push move. These guys bring experience that could push us further into the playoffs we have been since 2009.
Cheers to Ken Holland! Welcome to Hockeytown Erik and Marek!
just want to give a huge kudo to Kenny for not caving in a trading our top prospects! He made the team better with both Cole and Zidlicky! Lost nobody of significance doing so either! Thank you Kenny! Lets Go Wings! Bring on the NHL!
Janmark was falling down the prospect list, Backman already left for Sweden. Look at it this way, Cole and a 3rd for a 2nd. Neither Janmark and especially Backman were going to see time in Detroit for any significant time.
I think we won this trade for the "now." Cole will help us more now than the other two guys....besides, Franzen is done and/or about to be traded, Kenny needed to address that spot.
For the record when Franzen gets traded I will be dancing on the ceiling!
Posted by LeftWinger
on 25 February 2015 - 01:55 PM
Yes, he will be the PO starter, but I believe Mrazek will be in WHEN Jimmy s***s the bed.
That being said, Jimmy has a ton to prove this playoff. $5M+ to lose ALL the big games is asinine. If/When Jimmy s***s himself again, he should be traded in the off season. NTC or not, he can be convinced to waive it. Re-sign Monster and he will back up Mrazek. Jimmy is the main reason they lost in Anaheim, and he was the reason they nearly lost in Dallas. s***ty goals given up when his team depends on him.
Posted by LeftWinger
on 22 February 2015 - 03:43 PM
What are you talking about? Ericsson hit him with his purse...kind of reminds me when Lidstrom got run in Colorado and Downey didn't do anything.....oh wait. NOBODY should be able to take shots at your captain that way. Somebaody, anybody should have dropped their gloves. That s*** HAS to happen!
Posted by LeftWinger
on 15 February 2015 - 11:41 AM
It's a no brainer that #91 is going up. It doesn't matter what happened in the past, the realtionship is smoothed over. Sergei is part of the Alumni Association, he has close relationships with the upper brass again. Not that they are best buddies, but I do believe any hard feelings between the two parties are far over. Without getting into the debate of the contract offer, then the lessor offer later, it was more the organization's fault for Sergei leaving, than Sergei just wanting to go. No one can deny that without Sergei, we don't win any of those Cups...maybe 2002, but even then, he was a very instrumental in winning that Cup. IMO, no Fedorov, no Cups. #91 goes to the rafters, it's the right thing to do.