I'm elated at the Avs failing under Joe Sakic though. That clown is the most overrated player in the history of the NHL.
Are you kidding? Sakic was basically Steve Yzermans hockey doppelganger. Saying Sakic is overrated is saying Yzerman was. The fact that Brett Hull physically grabbed and sat Avery down and told him hes not allowed to talk to "Mr Sakic" shows the level of respect that guy earned. Through the whole rivalry Sakic was the only guy you couldnt hate. Pure class.
I've had a love/hate relationship with Ott, but I'm looking forward to the physical element that he'll bring to the fourth line. It's too early to tell what his role will be on the team, but I think he's capable of playing regular fourth line minutes. With Miller returning from injury and Pulkkinen out to start the season, it seems like he'll see some playing time. I'm excited about this.
I think if we are getting Nielsen, we have to get Okposo too. Just Nielsen by itself leaves us a worse team than we were last year and we BARELY made the playoffs. If it is just Nielsen, I'd rather stand pat and do a mini rebuild.
It will be interesting to see what Holland is able to lure to Det. I believe Ladd was a primary target, but he has a ton of options.
I for one would be very happy with a Nielsen signing... Dude is a very good player who plays both PP and the PK and will get you at least 20 goals and 50 pts a year
No trolls, he is not Stephen Weiss lol... He actually has talent and has been really durable lately
Nielsen brings nothing to Detroit that they didn't have last season. I'd rather see a kid from GR play than sign him. He was a mediocre player most of his career before having a couple of decent seasons recently. I would bet that he would not score 15 goals here, and yes, I do see him as a Stephen Weiss 2.0. It would be a worthless signing.
Lucic at least would have brought some grit and toughness, but it appears he's out.
Staal would be pointless.
I'd like Backes short term, but don't see that happening.
I have no interest in Andrew Ladd, and I doubt he has any interest in us.
So that leaves Eriksson and Okposo. I'd be happy with either, if the numbers were right.
Would also like to add Matt Martin, but that is low probability.
I dont get why you trade a bona fide star, for a guy who COULD be a star. Maybe Edmonton wins long term, but I feel that there are better defenseman out there that you could have gotten if you are going to offer Hall. Bad trade for Edmonton.
This is sad way for him to go because the discussion everywhere seems to about the contract rather than celebrating the NHL career of one of the best players to put a Wings jersey on.
I don't hold anything against Pav. He's been loyal to us. We had him at a 6.7 caphit 08-14, which is definitely a hometown discount and helped out the team financially. That should be considered in the picture. Also, from Holland's characterization of the situation and him firing his agent, it seems clear that Datsyuk wasn't aware of the rules involved when he signed the 3 year, 35+ deal.
I see many situations where it's not advantageous to trade the Datsyuk contract (trading youth, high picks) but I hope we trade the contract just so people don't blow this little blemish out of proportion; saying he crippled us by leaving the caphit. Especially if we were to miss the playoffs, I could foresee some blame being dumped on him.
I'd like to see his number retired, but I think Fedorov is more deserving and should be done first
They got the Conn Smythe right. Kessel had 3 more points, but Crosby was by far the more complete and more important player.
I honestly thought Kessel would win it, but didn't think he should. Sometimes you wonder if they just look to who had the most points and not pay attention to the games and watch closely. I thought Crosby was way more dominant later in the playoffs than he was early on, but the points seemed to follow the opposite.