2 prospects and a 1st is too much to ask for a future HoFer who has scored more than any of our wingers with less games played and would be second on our team for hits this year as well as being the toughest player on our team???
Also a classy individual who plays his heart out and is on a quest for his 1st Cup
For this team and our actual chances to win a cup this year... Absolutely too much.
Why are we going to give up pieces of our future for a guy who in all likelihood is a pure rental?
I'd rather we concentrate on developing our good prospects for our team rather than giving them away to a team that has no luck with drafting and would misuse the talent anyway.
...and for those that say, "Well, the Pens didn't even give them their best prospects for Iginla anyway... so why did Holland do NOTHING?!?" Remember, Iginla had final say on the trade. Teams made their pitches. Feaster tried/wanted to take the Boston offer.
Igninla was the one that said, "Naw. I'd rather go to Pittsburgh"
Wow. What a birthday present. Did not expect that kind of performance from Abdelkader at all.
...but to hear him give it up for his linemates is not and one of the reasons why I like the guy on our team.
The Red Wings' forward scored one goal in his first 28 games. But he has five in his past three games.
WHO IS THIS GUY?!?!!
"It was really frustrating, but it's part of the business," said Abdelkader, who signed a four-year, $7.2 million contract on Sept. 14.
"I didn't play anywhere during the lockout and I had a slow start. It took a little bit for me to get my legs underneath me and get my hands and everything going good. I think it took me about 10 games to do that -- and I think I'm speaking for most of the guys who didn't play during the lockout. But thankfully, we won't have to go through it for another eight years."
"I was the beneficiary of some good plays by Johan Franzen and Pavs," Abdelkader said. "It was just one of those games where you keep getting the puck and you just keep shooting. Sometimes the puck will follow you, and maybe that was the case in this game. But I give those guys a lot of credit."
As far as the fights go... I'll take 'em. I'm sure they'll be up on hockeyfights.com before mid-afternnon for those that are looking. Would have been great to see Abby have one. He's going to need to show that side next year. I have to say, heading into our division in the East, we've gotta get some more under our belts.
I watched the BOS/OTT game and man, did it get testy in the third period. McQuaid. Thorton. Campbell.
Lucic. (spotpicker, I know, but who, more than us, is prime for spotpicking.) On the Sens: Neil. Kassian.
We'd need to have Tootoo in the line up for a game like this. He's not a chump. Get him in the lineup.
Also, I wouldn't complain if we happened to get ourselves a guy who can actually fight.
Move White out and bring in Regher or Smid as a rental. Depending on price, either would be a fine acquisition to shore up our defensive need that was supposed to be supplied by Colaiacovo. Once Cola is healthy, Lashoff can be sent back down to GR and brought back up for the playoffs once rosters expand. Assess the D in the off-season and make further moves if needed.
I'll say one thing that will most likely upset majority of you, but in reality, it makes the most sense. I'm not a Cleary lover by any stretch of imagination, nor do I think he's been playing unbelievable but when it comes down to it, Cleary is a better fit for the top 6 than Tatar is. Immediately, most of you will think i'm crazy but realize what one of our problems is, puck battles and coming out on top, keeping the forecheck going, and maintaining pressure down-low. Cleary will excel at this role, more than Tatar could, at this current time. Tatar would not be able to handle the size, nor experience of majority top 6 lines and top pairing defensemen, which would put him at a disadvantage. Cleary can hold traffic at the boards and compliments Pasha just because of that. He gives pasha what bert did, able to control the big bodies, work it down low, and get the puck back to Pasha to create space. I love Tatar, and I think he's flourished when given this opportunity, hell, I think we should keep him up with how well he's been playing for us, but I honestly don't forsee him giving top pairings a challenge within their own zone, not as much as Cleary can. The recent games, Cleary has been rolling like a work-horse and giving it his all. Does he score like he used to? No. Is the same player as he was? Absolutely not. We need to realize that we don't have the cleary back in the day, but he still can complete his role when needed. With injuries to Franzen ( ) and Bert, we need someone down in the top 6 that can help assist winning puck battles, and unfortunately, that's Cleary.
Well said, but that is entirely too much reason and rationale for LGW. Where is your rage and snark?
That being said, if it were to be done, we should trade him now. For the month of Feb. he's got G: 2 A: 1 Pts: 3 +/-: -1. PIM: 6
He's obviously warming up, so we should do away with him immediately. While he's hot.