Two games for a gesture!!! This league is funny as within the few games played so far this year there has been some questionable hits around the league but no one is looking at them. I guess they are too worried about s*** like this.
The NHL is now considering withdrawing the registration of existing contracts, specifically for Pronger, Hossa, Savard and Luongo. It feels these contracts are similar to Kovalchuk's and are now investigating.
Modano currently has 10-times the offensive talent Malts ever had and he can shore up a third line that will terrify every other team in the NHL. Maltby flat-out can't crack Detroit's roster. The very definition of Apples and Oranges.
According to which team does Modano still have it? To Dallas he is done with nothing left but Detorit there is still one more good year in him. Same situation but different name in Maltby. On one team he is done on another team he might provide something.
Modano's free love ran out in Dallas, as it seems Maltby's in Detroit. If Dallas is getting called out on how it treated Modano during this offseason then Detroit should get called out as well. People turn a blind eye depending on the name of a player. For Detroit to ask...well really demand that Maltby have shoulder surgery and possible end his career while on the IR then not have the decency to at least make him an offer is a slap in the face to Maltby.
Detroit pretty much tossing Maltby aside and forgetting about him is OK...but Modano getting tossed aside from Dallas is a no no. Which is it.. OK to walk away from a player that a GM thinks is done or be respectful and give him that 1 more year? That one more year to give him a chance to go out the way they want to.
Zion, Draper is untouchable at this stage of his career to be honest, the loyalty factor, that he only has 1year left, that he has a NTC... it's impossible the owners and management group would treat such a player with a trade/waive now.
He said it hurts, which he is right IMO, not we should trade him.
I would even go as far to say we have a mini-Stevens in Stuie. Lays the body in a ver similar way just not as damaging.
Not even close to a mini Stevens. He cannot dish it out and take it the way Stevens could. For him to play so many games as hard as he did that is the big WOW factor to me. Not many could put their bodies through that and expect to play so much.
It would be interesting to see if there would be a penalty in today's NHL on that hit.
No question about it in my mind. The ones that the media would focus on today would be when Niedermayer or Raf would have a guy tied up then Stevens come over and just rock both the opponent and his teammate. Maybe the type of hit like on Kariya...he did manage to take a couple of steps before he got drilled. The whole late thing.
Niedermayer was the worst winner in history, because of his stats and the fact that he isn't nearly as good as Stevens was in 2000.
I'd choose Towes personally. Not really that reliable in 5v5...well nobody was really but he didn't stick out like a Con Smythe winner should.