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Are the Wings a Contender?

28 November 2014 - 03:21 PM

Everyone knows the Wings are not one of the better teams in the league. Consider:

  • They're too old.
  • They're too young.
  • They rely on Datsyuk and Zetterberg for all of their production and goaltending.
  • They don't have David Backes.
  • They don't have that Forsberg kid.
  • They're not the Islanders.
  • They won't make the playoffs.

For those reasons, especially that last one, the Wings will miss the playoffs this season and Mike Babcock will sign with the Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Penguins, Flyers, Coyotes, Blue Jackets, Oilers, Devils, Ducks, and Sharks.

 

But seriously now. The Wings are right there near the very top of the standings (e.g. three points behind the Lightning with a game in hand). This team is pretty good, and I think it's only going to get better as the season goes on. And it looks like maybe some people outside of Wings Land might feel the same way. Doug MacLean, for example, called the Wings a contender a couple days ago. (Granted, he's Doug MacLean. But you've gotta take what you can get.) Corey Masisak of NHL.com says: "If this team adds a high-level defenseman, Detroit could win the East." (Granted, it's NHL.com.) So I'm wondering: Are the Wings a contender?

 

As I've said a number of times before, I don't think this is a Cup-or-bust season for the Wings, I think this season is mainly about development. IMHO, we're setting up for a proper push in 2015-16 and 2016-17. But maybe we're genuinely ahead of schedule. Maybe this team is good enough to be counted among the real contenders. Personally, I wouldn't go that far just yet. I'd say we're looking like a dark horse, a ninja team you don't really give much thought to, until you're dead. (The dead can think. Don't question me, it's science.)

 

What say you?


Chelios Is Not Too Fond of Shanahan

26 November 2014 - 04:20 PM

http://prohockeytalk...ced-politician/

 

Yeah, Babcock is definitely going to Toronto. It just makes sense.


Dan Rosen Pens a Great Piece on Babcock's Coaching Tree

19 October 2014 - 01:17 PM

Definitely worth reading:

 

http://www.nhl.com/i...vid=DL|NHL|home


Kevin Hayes

15 August 2014 - 01:26 PM

It's mid-August. News is slow.

 

Happy Kevin Hayes Day, NHL [Ryan Lambert, Puck Daddy]

 

I've talked up Hayes a couple times on these boards. Kid is good. Very good. I assume Kenny will make a push for him, but, well, Dan Cleary. Calgary does seem to be the logical front-runner.

 

Where do you think he ends up?


That Time Mike Vernon Used the Jedi Mind Trick

28 July 2014 - 03:56 PM

Thought this was worth pointing out:

 

How Mike Vernon set the stage for Patrick Roy's trade from Montreal [SBNation.com]
 

Mike Vernon: I recall even having a conversation with Patrick Roy, in Montreal, at the little breakfast place there, the spot we always used to go to. And uh, I just walked in by myself and I was early to the rink or something like that, and he was there like "Mike, come here, I want to talk to you." He goes, "The pressure, the media, the fans..." he was just... I knew he was thoroughly upset about all of this, and it was really bothering him. And I said, Patrick, you just have to get traded. I said I got traded, I'm enjoying it in Detroit and everything else, and lo and behold that game was the game where he went up to the president.

 

Adds a neat little wrinkle to the Wings-Avs rivalry.