Good read. I also read his other article from January where he mentions how much $ the players actually see. If they sign for $13 Million, after the Feds take 50%, their agents 25%, and the NHL 20%, they only see $660,000 of that! ESPN's 30 for 30 "Broke" mentioned how much athletes actually make too. Considering what they put their bodies through, I think athletes earn every penny.
It's not a strawman argument at all. I'm not suggesting you think he's dumb. I'm saying he's dumb. He turns the puck over , frequently blows his coverage, and was benched the first two games of the playoffs for playing the puck from the bench. His judgement is questionable, to say the least.
I'm not really sure why you're being contrary here. All I've said is that he needs to earn powerplay time, not be handed powerplay time. Seems like a truism.
Are you suggesting he should be used on the powerplay just because it seems like he'd be good there based on his skill set? Because that's a horrible way to run a team.
Nobody would argue that Jurco should replace Abby in the top six because he's faster and a better stickhandler. Nobody would suggest Gustavsson should start over Howard because he's bigger, more athletic, and is safer with the puck.
They actually have to play better, consistently, when they're called upon. To date, Brendan hasn't done that. Which is why Babs didn't trust him, why his icetime was reduced, and why his stats suffered. Not because he was being misutilized. If Smith gets an opportunity and runs with it, good. If not, too bad. He's not entitled to powerplay time just because he has more raw talent than somebody else.
I've watched a lot of games the last couple years, I understand people have different opinions, but I like the the Smith plays. Yes, he makes mistakes, but I like how he takes risks, and he's always stirring things up. I like to have a few players like Smith on a team, because he disrupts the opposition and keeps them on their toes. Just pair him up with a more responsible defensive partner, and things should be fine.
Recent public comments by Jimmy D and Babcock about our future have been "very disappointing" to me. It's fine if they think Mantha was "very disappointing" and they aren't sure who's going to replace Pavs, but don't say it to the media.
Some people don't understand parity and what the salary cap does. They can't get over the fact this isn't pre 2005 anymore.
Boston was the president trophy winners last year. Missed the playoffs.
LA Kings won the Stanley Cup last year. Missed the playoffs.
Wow, must really suck to be a Wings fan....
Yea I don't understand what fans expect. If people want to cheer for a team that signs UFA's, then they should switch teams. Is there Red Wings fans out there that still don't understand how the organization builds a team? I think it's obvious.
I'm not expecting too many changes, which I'm ok with. We have a number of guys who are RFA's we need to re-sign, and that will take us to the cap. I think people expecting big changes, other then a new coach, and some UFA signing in the off season will be disappointed.
After what Babcock said last night, about not being as good anymore (despite making a 7 point improvement over last year, and taking the highest scoring team in the league to 7 games), mentioning the ages of Dats, Z, and Kronwall, and asking who's going to replace Pavs, I'd like to see him go. We have a lot of great young players on the team now and coming up soon, if Babcock doesn't think he can win here, then bring someone in who knows he will.
If Babcock wants to start nit picking, I'd like to point out he was here 10 years, and for 7 of those years he had the best defenseman since Bobby Orr, and only won 1 Cup... Dats, Z, and Kronwall have a few more good years left, and with Tatar, Nyquist, Abby, Helm, DeKeyser, Smith, Mrazek, Mantha, Larkin, Jurco, Marchenko, Ouellet, Sheahan, Pulkkinen,Glendening, etc. all in their 20's, we're going to be good for a while.
Go with 2002 WCF Wings Avs game 6. Freakin awesome, and it'll show you just how good Hasek really was.
In fact. If you can, watch that entire series. It truly was the greatest rivalry I've ever seen and the games were so intense.
I second this. Of my favorite teams, this was the best series I experienced. 2 weeks of stress which finished with a Wings 7-0 win. We won the rivarly against the Avs, and I was thrilled! I'll never forget jumping around the living room Game 7 screaming after every goal! I think it's safe to say, I'll never experience a better series, it had it all.