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.
... Which works out to roughly $6.67-million/season. Almost $700K -- a nice chunk of change to save.
Rafalski was a fantastic signing and a great compliment to Lidstrom on the power play. (Schneider did us a favor!) We will desperately miss that first-pass and the right-hand shot on the power play. Thanks Brian!
Agreed. As I said not too long ago, he was a huge part of the Wings system because of his great passing. And his long bombs helped keep other teams honest.
Assuming Rafalski really retires, doesn't that leave Eaves as the only right-handed shot on the roster?
I wasn't referring to anything about TV ratings or San Jose fans in the US.. I just loathe the Canucks more than I can remember loathing any NHL team in the past. That includes Colorado, Nashville (back when they were a threat), Chicago, Pittsburgh, etc.
There are a multitude of reasons I hate them including the hypocrisy of Mike Gillis, the whole team acting like they just won the cup after game 7 in round 1 including Luongo: "This feels better than the gold medal game", the ridiculous notion in Canada that they be adopted as "Canada's team", the over-the-top bias of CBC announcers (Glenn Healey's idiocy specifically), and Vancouver fans' overall sense of entitlement going back to last season. Overall the antics and attitude of the Canucks baffles me as to why anyone besides primary Canucks fans would be cheering for them.
I'd much rather see Joe Thornton, Pavelski, Heatley, Couture, etc play for the Cup so it sucks that it's not going to happen, I just hope Boston or Tampa Bay can beat them. If Vancouver goes on to win it will make 3 straight years that the worst possible team won the Cup lol/
Agreed. I guess the hatred for the team that's knocked the Wings out twice is stronger for some people.
Since they both can't lose, honestly I'd probably prefer the Sharks win for most of the reasons you mentioned, especially the sense of entitlement and incessant lecturing from Vancouver fans about how great their teams is and how unbiased their perspective is, but barring another meltdown by the Canucks, it ain't happening.
Add to that a lot of canadians apparently root for whatever canadian team is left so Canada can win the Cup (???), so it becomes an inferiority complex on top of an inferiority complex, with all the annoying side effects that go with it.
Why would Kesler dive when the game's over and there's no potential gain?
He lost a couple bottom teeth and had 13 stitches last series. Probably hurt like hell.
edit: Oops. Didn't see RedLightGoesOn's comment above.
You'd have to ask him. Force of habit?
Like I said earlier, I'm a Kesler fan. I've said several times he should win the Selke this year, and probably should've last year. It's not just blind hate. Though this series has made it harder and harder to continue to like him.
But if he's jawing with Clowe like that and doesn't think he could get popped, he's an idiot. Even on hfboards they were pointing out how none of his teammates really checked on him. And how he popped up to congratulate Luongo seconds later. If his jaw is that tender, he probably shouldn't be sticking it in Clowe's face at the end of a game. It's not surprising that Clowe would do that.
It sure does seem like that's the way the Sharks handle a loss isn't it. Goon it up. Now they'll probably call the Canucks classless in the post-game interviews.
Henrik leads the playoffs in points now. He will never show up in the playoffs.
Salo with a huge game.
Torres was a human wrecking ball. Put Thornton out of the game.
Replacements Ballard and Tanev played great. Ballard's cart-wheel hit was awesome. Tanev is 21 years old. He also played beyond his years earlier in the season when three quarters of our defensive core was out. Great future ahead of him.
I guess you've forgotten how the Nucks reacted in the Chicago series.
Diving is bad enough... but then to stay on the ice for that long afterwards is just embarassing. He was obviously fine because he popped right up to congratulate Luongo, but spent 30 seconds on the ice making sure the refs watched him suffer.
I've always liked Kesler, but these antics are just pathetic. These teams suck.
Is there any way we can make the Eastern Conference finals the Cup finals?
You would think to be the best PPG playoff performer of the "modern era", he'd have to be first in the category at least once in his career.
You must be new to sports?
Your attempts at diminishing Crosby are hilarious. He's a career 1.323 PPG in the postseason. Of active players, only AO is higher. Of course because of the Caps postseason flops his stat is based on 25 fewer games. None of the other guys you mention are even in the ballpark for career PPG.
So yes, Crosby missed being #1 last season to Franzen by .04 ppg, but if I had to choose I'd rather have the player who averages 1.32 PPG in the postseason for 62 games in his career than the one who manages to lead it for 12 games one playoffs.
And for the regular season, Crosby averages 1.388 ppg, which puts him top among active players and behind only Gretzky, Lemieux, Bossy, and Orr.
Some Red Wings playoff ppg, by comparison:
Zetterberg: .952 (he's the only active Red Wings in the Top 50 all time) Franzen : .867 Datsyuk: .752