Honestly I don't care much who wins. Boston maybe?
I'll probably watch the first couple games and hope that the tone is set from the Eastern conference finals. If Vancouver brings the dive-fest they had with San Jose into the finals, I don't think I can stomach it. Especially if the refs follow suit and call the games as horribly as they did in the WCF.
Look man, I've got nothing against Draper, but to suggest he's valuable in the playoffs is a bit misleading. Did anyone actually notice him when he was out there? He wasn't a liability, I'll give him that, but his role could be replicated by anyone else.
Not anyone else, but definitely by someone else.
It's not that Draper doesn't have anything to offer. He still can play in this league, but as I said earlier I think it's in the best interest of the Wings to fill that spot with someone younger.
Drapes had a good season, but part of that was probably because he only played half a season due to his groin injury. And that's an injury that's kept him out of games for the last 3 seasons. Yes he can rehab it this offseason, but i'm guessing that's what he did last offseason too. He certainly wasn't bad in the playoffs, but if his contributions were that valuable, he likely would've been in the lineup every game.
One of the arguments here against an enforcer is that they only play half the games in a season, and not in the playoffs. It's a good point, and one that applies to Draper as well.
Thank god you're around to protect all of us from our own imaginations. Now that this great service has been rendered, why don't you start touring around elementary schools dispelling the evil myths of Santa Claus and the Easter bunny. While you're at it, maybe you can share with them the odds of becoming astronauts, or baseball players, or the president of the United States. Much better that they stop dreaming now than to learn the crushing truth on their own.
He actually provided insight on something a lot of people probably didn't know regarding the CBA, RFA's and arbitration. I sure didn't. So he shared some actual hockey knowledge.
Lol @ judging a fanbase based on kids on internet forums.
Go to a Wings/Sharks game next season Cali wearing your Wings jersey and see how "friendly" the sharks fans really are. Oh, and bring some of your crew, as those "friendly" folks will try to physically attack you as well as throw beers and s*** at you for wearing your Wings jersey there and cheering for your team.
While I haven't been to every arena, in the ones I have, I have never experienced such assholes as those sharks "fans". I'm just glad I went there somewhat recently, now that I'm older, calmer, and more pacifistic, as if that s*** had happened to me 10 years ago, I wouldn't have had the strength to try to brush it off, and there probably would have been one guy in prison (me) and several severely injured sharks "fans".
Maybe it was a fluke or something, but that experience is burned in my mind and my opinion of those fans is cemented.
Thats just one guys experience though, yours may vary...
It has. And it's not just from "kids on internet forums."
I've not been to a game in San Jose, but I have been around several sharks fans at Kings games. Maybe it's because they were the ones in enemy territory, but they were very friendly and took part in a good natured friendly rivalry. Because hockey isn't popular in southern california and there's thousands of people that grew up elsewhere, Kings games in LA can often seem like a home game for whoever they're playing that night. Canucks fans were by far the most disrespectful and obnoxious, even moreso than Flyers fans. And that's really saying something. Though honestly I think Flyers fans save their best stuff for home games.
hahahaha, thats what the Sharks get. Now lets go Tampa Bay/Boston
Agreed. One team of floppers gone. One to go.
It'd be nice to see Tampa win, but honestly I'd be okay with Boston too. Vancouver will be tough to beat in the finals, but I'd love for their condescending, obnoxious, self-entitled fans to choke on it for another year.
And this is from someone who was a big fan of Linden, Courtnall and Bure...
Someone over on hfboards pointed out its this same day in 1994 the Canucks won the in double OT to go onto the Stanley Cup Finals. And lost in seven games to the Rangers.
So maybe there's hope?
I kind of can't believe I'm rooting for the Eastern Conference...
With the Weber/Doughty thing, people are also overlooking how it's still generally considered an ******* move to go after RFA's like that, and I'm not sure that's how Holland wants to do business. Remember how big of a stink there is any time someone tries to sign another teams RFA?
I'm not saying it wouldn't be worth it to get Weber, but it's one more reason to throw on the pile of why he's not coming to Detroit.
Same goes with Nashville and Shea Weber. No way he's coming here.
It's one thing to pick up star players later in their careers when they're UFA's and may be willing to change teams for a shot at the Cup, but we're talking about two young defenseman who are RFA's and the cornerstones of their respective franchises.