You don't need to go to forums to see what is obvious. Green sucks at D, he was a 3rd pairing D-man on the Caps, he was awful against the Rangers, he had two points in 14 games in the playoffs...he had two power play points in the last 2.5 months of the season and his play in general was pretty miserable towards the latter part of the season.
I just don't see why everyone sees this as an absolute slam dunk deal.
I don't think it's a slam dunk deal. I've never been much of a Green fan but this defense desperately needs someone who can move the puck and be a threat offensively. Even if he was a 3rd pairing d-man who played miserably towards the latter part of the last season, Green still put up more points than any Red Wings defenseman. He also had more goals than any Red Wings defenseman.
Even with his defensive shortcomings Green will hopefully help keep the Wings from getting pinned in their own zone for so long, in the way that Rafalski's long bomb outlet passes used to keep the other team's forecheck honest. And a right hander on the point who can actually fire a slapshot should definitely help. The Wings apparently plan to pair him with Dekeyser, who Babcock called the eraser because of how he fixed his partners mistakes. Hopefully that will help.
But Green is also injury prone. Or his production might drop, and if he's not producing then it's certainly not worth his downsides.
It's not so much that Green is a slam dunk as it is the defense so desperately needs what he hopefully would provide.
My only hope is he improves with the coaching change.
At the very least I'd like to see him get a chance on the PP.
Dekeyser is reliable out there and makes nice passes but doesn't have a very good shot. And while Kindl (when he's going through his good phase) can get a shot through traffic, he's a major risk out there on the point. Could Smith really be worse?
That blog is actually pretty hilarious. He's so bitter he sounds like a jilted ex-girlfriend.
If Holland signed a player to a 5 year $25 mill deal "against his better judgment but at Babcock's insistence," then Holland should fired. Not that Gave could possibly actually know that was the case anyway.
So Pronger is an employee of the NHL front office while also being employed as an NHL player under contract (who just got traded) while also becoming eligible for the HHOF because of the new bylaws? That's some impressive Pronger physics.
I wonder if the Coyotes will retire his jersey? He's the best d-man they've ever had.
Anyone else notice that Canadian teams pretty much swept the awards. Hmmm..... COUGHriggedCOUGH
Karlsson winning the Norris again is kind of the death knell for that award for me. Don't get me wrong, he's a great player but even Sens fans acknowledge that he had a bad start to the year.
The award is allegedly "given to the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position." By giving it to Karlsson this season in spite of his bad Sep-Dec they've removed both the "all-round" part and now the "throughout the season" portion as well.
If they were giving the award for best two-thirds of a season then it should be Giordano's. Apparently hockey writers have about as long of memory as the younger members at hfboards. If you've played well in the last month then you're the greatest of all time.
And thus you just pointed out why there's gonna be no relocation ...$$$
New expansion teams are coming whether we like it or not
And at this point I wouldn't be surprised if they changed the playoff format somehow down the road to make more cash
Agreed. If Bettman claims that "opening the expansion process" doesn't necessarily mean anything, you can guarantee the exact opposite is true. The league is definitely expanding.
I hate Bettman but he's no idiot and is always thinking way ahead on any move he makes. The lockouts were a meticulously calculated financial decision, as is expansion. If this wasn't something he thought would bring more money to his owners, he wouldn't have even uttered the word.
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.
If the Feds take 50% and their agents 25%, they need to fire their accountant and their agent.
I thought someone had said that the players don't actually write the articles. At the bottom Avery is listed as "contributor."
I don't doubt he's a smart guy and definite marches to his own drummer, often in an interesting way off the ice. On the ice he was an idiot though. And he glosses over the part that he "decided" to retire because no one in the NHL wanted him anymore. Avery had a great skillset, it just wasn't worth all the baggage and distractions that came with him anymore.
He's still only 35 years old and could still be playing in the NHL if he ever figured out how to be a professional and a good teammate.