Timonen's their Kronwall, and he's just about done.
Streit's 36 and nothing really special.
Coburn, Grossman, Gustafsson, Hal Gill. In a word, woof.
When was the last time you heard about a Flyers prospect? Can you name a Flyers prospect, just off the top of your head? If so, is he a defenseman? If so, is he any good? If so, which do you feel is the more likely outcome: that he a) is developed with care and patience and becomes a solid top-four defenseman for the Flyers, or b) gets traded for Douglas Murray?
This summer's crop of UFA defensemen is terribad, and I doubt many top-end defensemen will be moved.
So I'd say they actually did pretty well.
Side note: wonder if they'd be interested in any of Kindl, Lashoff, Almqvist. Lashoff is big and mean and simple, and they like big and mean and simple. Almqvist could be the second coming of Timonen. Kindl could be a low-risk high-reward add.
Secondly (and this is what the Chief was mainly saying), that people's memory stretches back only as far as 2012. (OMG KINGS OMG!!!) Huge upsets that no one could've predicted? They pretty much never happen. Just look at the Wings...
'95 - Wings beat the Devils.
'96 - Wings beat the Avalanche and went on to beat the Panthers.
'97 - Flyers beat the Wings.
'03 - Wings beat the Ducks. (What ever happened to that Mark Babcock fellow? He seemed nice.)
'04 - Flames did upset the Northwest Division champion Canucks in the first round, but even if they'd somehow managed to knock off the Presidents' Trophy winning Wings in the second round (they didn't), the Pacific Division champion Sharks very likely would've been waiting for them in the WCF. Sorry, but the Flames were not going to eliminate three division champs. No one eliminates three division champs in a row.
The odds are too high. They're too deep. Asking James Tiberius Howard to steal 4 games against that team is just too much. They're too tough, a machine. Drago.
Right? I mean, there is no chance, is there? Certainly not.
We shouldn't give any weight to the thought that Mike Babcock, the most brilliant hockey mind (minus a steel plate) on earth, has five days to prepare, right? No way a coach can make that much difference when you have two teams so widely separated in talent and grit like these two. No way. I mean, we've never seen an 8 seed change their style, or leverage their existing style, to defeat a heavy favorite..have we? I've searched my memory banks all the way back to '07 and I just can't find an example of that.
Should I go a year further? What? Oh...2006. Yes.
No one, not a single person on the planet, is predicting a Wing victory in this series. Fewer people picked Edmonton in '06.
Dwayne Roloson beat us in '06. Craig MacTavish trapped us and beat us. It was horrific.
But it can't happen again. Boston's too good.
Unless the Wings win one of the first two. I think I read that somewhere. I'll have to check. But I think I may have read it right here.
We need at least one in ridiculous Anaheim. Game 1 would be preferable, but we'll take 2 if it's offered. Give us both and it will be on *****-style.
Interesting, isn't it? Wouldn't it be? Wouldn't it be just downright intriguing if the Wings came back to the Joe next Tuesday with a split? Of course, it can't happen. The odds are just too tall. We don't have the guns. Datsyuk is healing. Nyquist can't seem to score with 13 back in. Franzen has disappeared, of course. Zetterberg is out for the first round...wait. What?
“It’s good news he’s going to skate with the team (Tuesday), but the bigger news is how does he feel on Wednesday,” Holland continued. “Then, if feels good enough to skate on Wednesday then the next bigger news will be how does he feel to skate on Thursday.”
Well, that's just downright quirky.
Forget about it, though. I'm sure the Captain won't be back. Just stow it away and forget it was mentioned. Certainly his return is just too much to consider. And I'm sure he'd be all rusty and slow and fragile. I'm also sure that if he came back the team wouldn't get any sort of emotional lift. Plus, it's not like he's ever done anything in the playoffs before. He kind of withers in April, doesn't he?
I was really tempted to go with Nyquist (duh) or Zetterberg (duh). But, ultimately, it has to be Kronwall. I don't see how it could be anyone else. He plays the most minutes. He gets the toughest assignments. He's used in all situations. He's first or second on the team in points while being far and away our best, most valuable defenseman and the reason our blue line isn't among the worst in the league. He became The Leader in Z's absence. He only missed a few games. He's adjusted and elevated his game. Through all the ups and downs and injuries and changes, he's been the one great constant.
Ouellet was mostly invisible (in a good way), Sproul was very visible (in a mostly good way). Exactly what you'd expect from these two. They'll get at least another season on the farm, but will probably see quality minutes with the big club next season, given our annual injury woes. Throw in Marchenko and maybe Almqvist (though I think he gets traded), and the future of our blue line looks very bright.
I'd still like us to bring in a quality vet or two, though. Warming up to LeftWinger's pick - Derek Morris.
But if the insinuation is that the Wings D would be better without our top 3 d men, then I fart in everyone's general direction. This Blues team is not bringing it by any stretch of the imagination. You put this D line up against a healthy, top of their game Bruins team and it would be a slaughter.