I disagree with the first part. Having scoring depth is important when we lack it. If we had a 3rd like that boasted Hudler-Modano-Cleary against the Sharks, we'd been in the WCF, not the Sharks. Like I said, Ericsson/Kindl with Lilja played well together. Even Janik seemed to be pretty solid when he was called up last season. I have no problem with Holland getting rid of Meech and Miller to sign a cheap veteran dman FA for depth.. but not a $2.2 million d-man. Your first argument was Kenny could have Sutton over a washed up 40 year 3rd line center... which to me, suggested that you wanted Sutton. Wings don't need Sutton. They just need a solid shut down veteran on the cheap. Not a big name guy, just someone who can get the job done. Easy problem solved.
As for your argument that Helm will get demoted to the 3rd line, well sure. Why not? Wings will have one of the top scoring 3rd lines in the entire NHL. A 3rd line that helps win playoff series. What the Red Wings lacked last post season. Scoring depth.
Either way, Wings can have both of both worlds.... A shut down d-man can be had for $750k and Modano. Heck, Jay Mckee isn't signed yet. Why you whining?
We can't have the best of both worlds. The salary cap has prevented that.
Spending money on Modano does lessen the amount of cash we'd have to spend on defensemen, which is not a position we're deep at.
I don't understand why a Cleary/Helm/Hudler line wasn't enough for people to be happy? Apparently we also needed to sign Modano.
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