You are better informed than me in this and I value your points, but, Datsyuk was never treated as well as he shoulda been here, imo he should have been wearing the C and didn't, he was our number 1 guy but still had him as 2nd Center for a good chunk of past seasons. I say damn the Swedish Mafia.
I know Fedorov did finish his contract, but at the end he did pursue earning more money. Pasha went on to play in the Khl for far less money and perhaps get a shot at winning the Gagarin cup in his homeland in front of his nationals.
And believe you me, I'm upset that I won't ever see him play live wearing a Red Wings jersey. But life goes on and at least we get to see more magic from him even if only on replays.
Nothing but bs here. Datsyuk was treated extremely well by Mike and Marian Illitch and to think otherwise is ridiculous. Paid well, given top minutes for most of his career, over the course of his career he also played with the best linemates out of all the Red Wings centers from 2002 - 2016. But I guess some fans just like to ignore facts and whine and whine to make Datsyul look like some victim. This line of argument is absolutely no different than when Lefty was trying to make Datsyuk look worse off, only the opposite which is trying to victimize Datsyuk and make the organization look like s***. Which they are not and you hear about it from all the league players and other owners and broadcasters. It's funny because Datsyuk himself was talking about how much he appreciates the ownership and management for taking care of him and his family. It's good to see conspiracy theories spilling into LGW well before the upcoming season starts though.
As far as captaincy goes, every tom, dick and harry knew Zetterberg was going to get it since like 2003. He was drafted and developed to be the future captain.
I mean there are options, such as proxies and whatnot. They just aren't kosher. But more to the point, I think that here in 2016 convenient and legal options for folks to watch games regardless of whether they're in Texas, Australia, or Michigan should be available and independent of a cable or satellite subscription.
That isn't even close to the same as moving a stick laying on the ice... If you watch the video again, he swiped the stick away, there was no slashing down motion. It's on Sadowy for not holding on to his stick... "No penalty on the play. We have a good hockey goal"...
I think perhaps since Helm took the "discount" (I do believe he would have gotten more yesterday from one of the teams interested in his services) that Kenny will have Helmer on the trade block-he doesnt have a no trade clause does he? He could fit nicely in a package
Holland isn't one to sign-and-trade. (No GM is these days, honestly.) Bottom line, this is a Ken Holland Veteran Loyalty Program Extension. Helm will be with us for at least five more years, making considerably more money than he's worth. (And I say that as a big Darren Helm fan.)
"To be honest with you Ive waited for this moment ever since I was drafted," Ott said. "Ive always wanted to be a Detroit Red Wing. Its my childhood team that I always grew up admiring with the teams and runs that they had with Steve Yzerman and the rest leading the way. It has always been a dream to wear the winged wheel and now that this has all come together this is the most exciting contract I have ever signed."
Net front presence we've been missing for years? I'll take it. None of our changes will light the world on fire but they DO make us a bit more dynamic, which we badly needed. Give the offense a different tool to use and suddenly we aren't so one dimensional, even if that tool isn't a top line star.
We still need a star or two but I'm making peace with the fact that we won't get them this offseason. But we still need a defenseman and to clear up some dead weight. I was almost as excited for the reductions as I was the additions this offseason.