Rumor has it Brandon Saad might be further apart on a deal with the Blackhawks than previously thought. I think he'd be worth an offer sheet., he's an RFA, I believe. Anyone else agree? Oduya is also going to test free agency, but I don't think he's worth anything, really.
I wouldn't put an offer sheet in for him. He is a good player, but not worth the 3-4 number 1 draft picks we would lose to get him.
I know I have said this before but I will say it again.
Dave Tallon deserves much of the credit for the rebuild of the Hawks. Keep in mind that he was the GM from the mid 90s to 2009. He drafted all the top talent that you see out there today. Stan Bowman has drafted some key players. Shaw was a big pickup for them in the draft. Still, the Bowmans were not a factor back when Tallon was drafting these great players.
If the Wings want to follow in the success of Chicago, then they should do what Chicago did.
1. Suck for 10+ years. Get a number of top draft picks.
2. Draft great players and develop them.
3 Sign a big free agent like Hossa.
How many would be happy with missing the playoffs for a period of time to get top draft picks? Not many.
Winning the Stanley Cup not only takes puck luck, but it takes healthy players. So far, Chicago has lost some players like Rozival, but they have been able to plug others in that are just as good. Meanwhile, players on the Lightning are very key players that cannot be easily replaced because they are very good players. You can tell Johnson and Kuterchov (sp) are both hurt.
No excuses though. The Lightning have to dig deep to win the game tonight.
From 97-08, the Hawks went to the playoffs 1 time and didn't win a playoff series. All those draft picks all those years, and finally Dale Talon came in and helped build the team there. Stan Bowman has been great as well, but the key here is all the high draft picks they grabbed all those years.
I haven't heard anything positive which is unfortunate. I really do hope he can come back, but the saga is starting to play out like Marc Savard. Mule won't retire though, and he shouldn't be forced to retire either. The insurance and the Wings will pay his contract for the next 5 years while he is on LTIR. His salary won't count towards the cap.
Franzen helped deliver us a cup in 2008 and helped us get to the finals in 2009. He deserves the rest of his contract (either playing or on LTIR) and the respect of Wings fans.
There is literally link after link of descriptions like this from scouts. If you've followed him since the draft then you'd know this has always been the knock on him. I hoped he had put that behind him the next year in juniors when he did all that scoring, but he's been incredibly inconsistent and invisible at times in Grand Rapids. Standing and watching the puck seems to be up there right alongside goal scoring for him. It's frustrating to watch him.
While I really did enjoy reading and watching you cherry pick bad things that some scouts said about him, you didn't post a single link from his playing time in the AHL this season documenting that he was lacking the work ethic. I asked for a source or a link that showed that his work ethic on the ice this season was poor. You are talking like you have been watching him. As someone who has been watching him this season, I can tell you this isn't the case. The coaching staff continues to speak highly of him. Even the scouting reports from the very links you gave also speak highly of his work ethic (to which you omitted).
Mantha joined the professional ranks in 2014-15; skating for Red Wings' AHL affiliate Grand Rapids. Slowed by an injury that kept him from competing for an NHL spot in Detroit, he returned to the ice in November 2014. He has had the battles and struggles not uncommon for a first-year pro making the jump from junior hockey. Long-term he is expected to be a consistent scorer at the NHL level and a top-line forward.
Here is another one. This time from someone who is watching him play in the AHL this year.
Case in point, we must be patient with him. He's got the skill, he's got the work ethic, and he sure as hell has got the tools.. I have every reason to believe that he will pan out into a great hockey player at the professional level.
How about from the coach himself. Surely he would know better than us.
“That’s just going to take time, but habits will change if work at them and willing to work hard at them and listen and get better. That’s what he’s certainly been willing to do.”
“We know he can score goals,” said Blashill. “But he’s actually got an ability to make lots of plays with the puck in tight areas and I think when you’ve got that kind of stick, at that size level, when you can skate like that – its just a really good package.”
“When you care as much as he cares, as soon as he learns the daily attention to detail and the daily work ethic it takes, with his skill set, he’s going to be a special player.”
I believe what you are seeing with Mantha is less about the work ethic and more about learning what it takes to be a successful NHL player. Something that every player has to learn but it takes time to get there.