This kid is playing crazy good right now and helping this team at the best possible time. I really hope we are seeing just a little of what he can bring to the table because his ceiling could be pretty high.
I liked him at the NHL level but he doesn't show that he'll ever be a magnificent goal scorer to me like he is in the AHL. (IMO)
Its nice to see that highlight reel though, where he scored 3 different kinds of goals. Also nice to see that he can score when it matters.
Bertuzzi is a surprise for me. He's from my hometown and I was upset when we drafted him so early. Hes injury prone, but he's just been getting twice as good each and every season.
Its a little early to be saying that he can't show that he has the goal scoring ability in the NHL. He is going to get his opportunity to showcase his skills, and most rookies don't figure things out that quickly in the NHL.
As for Bert, I really love the spark he has given this team. He didn't play the first two games of the Toronto series, so Blashill puts him in and they start winning. This guy is playing for a roster spot next season and it shows with his desire and passionate play. I love it.
Wow, so our cup back in 08 and cup finals appearance in 09 was a "long time ago"? Man, I wonder how Toronto feels with their last cup win. Or Edmonton for that matter. Heck, lets ask the Rangers how they feel since their last cup.
This really does show the level of entitlement that Wings fans have grown accustomed to over the course of the last 25 years. Most teams have bandwagon fans. The Wings have achieved a level of greatness where the bandwagon effect hasn't been measured because we have been good for so freaking long.
Now we are looking at Holland deserving blame for making the playoffs and not getting past the 2nd round since making it to the finals in 09. When I see this attitude, I just shake my head in disbelief. Is this really what some Wings fans have deteriorated to? The salary cap era has made the playing field level. No team is a slam dunk for a championship anymore.
I will say this much. Any new GM that comes in may have successes in some areas, but failures in others. No GM is going to hit it out of the park on everything they do. So while a new GM may have landed Parise and Suter for Detroit, he may have not gotten Dekeyser and wouldn't have gotten Hossa either because he wouldn't have had the money to get them all.
I get it, Wings fans want a championship. Its championship or bust mentality that really has to change though. Only 1 team gets to win the Stanley Cup every year, and the favorite doesn't win it much of the time. The sooner that we all realize that the Wings are just one of 16 teams in the playoffs and things have to go right for the team that wins it, the better off we will be.
SCREW THIS TEAM SCREW THE STUPID PLAYOFF STREAK! SEEEYA LATER BABCOCK BLOW THIS s*** UP EVERY YEAR SINCE 08 WE HAVE DONE THE SAME s***BLOW IT UP WE WONT WIN A CUP EVER AGAIN WITH THIS CORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is the start of the forum turning into a toilet on the verge of flushing.....
What a great series. Wish it turned out different, but that is the way the cookie crumbles.
Look at the bright side, the Griffins won tonight and they are going to get some horses back for their playoff run.
You know how's struggled since Yzerman and Nill left? Yzerman and Nill.
This right here. I know many LGW members are all over Yzerman's nuts saying that he is the best GM since sliced bread. However, since he has taken over as GM of the Lightning, his team has made it to the conference finals once. Oh, I'm sorry, that wasn't his team because he didn't build it. Now, if it was his team, then Holland deserves credit for GMing the team in 98 when they won the cup, but I digress. If you don't give him credit for that, then he has won 0 playoff series. In fact, he has missed the playoffs and then got swept out last season. If his team loses in the first round this year to a team that is not as good as his, I wonder how many will anoint him as the best GM for Detroit?
Jim Nill is the same thing. He goes into Dallas, makes a lot of moves, and LGW goes nuts all over him too. He is better than Holland, right? Instead, Dallas doesn't get into the playoffs. LGW is silent on him now.
Both Nill and Yzerman have had questionable signings in their short tenure as well. So they are not immune to making mistakes either.
Anyone saying that Yzerman and Nill are better than Holland only need to look at the track record so far.
Assuming the Wings will win in Tampa may be a false premise. I do wish they had shown up the first period. I have a feeling I will have all summer to wish that, among other things.
Assuming the Wings will get their ass kicked in Tampa is also a false premise. I also wish they would have shown up in the first period. Right now, both teams have reason to be kicking themselves. If the Lightning would have put forward a better effort in the two shutout losses, they may have been able to beat the Wings in 5 games.
One thing is for sure, one of these teams will be kicking themselves on the golf course come Thursday morning. The question is, which team will it be?