I was skeptical about Quincey at first, but I've liked his play thus far.
That's about as clever as the people who used to say Osbad.
Ericsson is better than both Janik and Kindl. I agree with what this guy said about E:
I must say, I've seen a dramatic improvement in Ericsson the last few months. He's getting more physical without being stupid and is making less mistakes. If he keeps this up I might start finding him acceptable.
Keep it up Big E.
Quincey is a nice addition though he makes Kindl even more expendable.
I certainly remember the stories claiming he was "reconsidering" the possibility of moving to Sweden. He has done that for as long as he has been earning the larger contracts. Every contract year I have heard stories about this.
It wasn't every contract year.
I'm not saying there weren't stories of this. I remember it too. But you're assuming it's purely a ploy for more money and not a legitimate consideration of taking his family and raising his kids back in his native Sweden.
It is well known that former Leafs/Canadiens enforcer John Kordic died of heart failure caused by a drug (some say steroid) overdose...I have no doubt in my mind that there is performance enhancing drugs in the NHL.
Anytime you're talking about the elite level of a sport with millions of dollars involved, there's a pretty good chance performance enhancing drugs are involved.
Even if its not to bulk up, I could see players using steroids and other drugs to try and speed up recovery time from injury.
Lidstrom has played games in the past about "oh, I might move back to Sweden" Even the perfect human is all about the dollars. To think otherwise is naive.
The reality is you have no idea what the actual claim or situation was. I could totally understand him seriously returning to his native country to raise his kids there and be with his family. I can also see an agent using that possibility as leverage.
To think you could possible know it was all about the dollars is extremely presumptuous.
I can't see Lids winning it. Karlsson should be in the running for sure, but unless he ends up top three in points in the league, he shouldn't win. It would take that kind of offensive output to make up for the lack of defense. Before anyone brings him up, Coffey was insanely productive offensively, but was also pretty good at playing defense too.
In general I just hope the Norris remains the best all around defenseman and people actually vote that way. I don't want it to go the way of the Selke, which has become best forward who scores a lot of points and is also good defensively.
I agree. Kenny did a great job filling that need. Problem is, we have more then one need. We have a ton of assets, ton of cap space, and don't have a ton of scoring depth or grit on the bottom lines. Obviously we miss Datsyuk, but if we rely so heavily on one guy to spark the offense and the PP, we're in trouble. Likewise we don't have a strong 4th line center or much grit/big bodied players. Those types are available, like I said, time to make deals. I don't care what anyone feels, if Holland stands pat up front, I think it's a mistake.
I tend to agree with you, only because of Lidstrom potentially retiring. Like you said, they have the cap space. When was the last time that happened? If Holland was ever going to gamble, now is the time.
I don't know that he's on a downswing. It's so hard to tell with Franzen. I wish I could still find the quote where he basically says he gets bored in the regular season.
It's certainly not that he's awful, it's just that he could be so much better if he had the compete level of someone like Darren Helm.
Goal scorers are often streaky, but he can be amazingly invisible for a 6'3" 225 lbs guy. What frustrates me about him is not that he's not scoring. It happens. But sometimes he looks like he doesn't want to play.