I feel like a lot of people are underestimating the impact Smith will have. The kid is a pure stud and will prove why he's one of the most talked about rookies in Detroit's system. I have a feeling Smith will make Holland look like a genius for not blowing up the team for a 1 year run.
Wasn't it Babcock that made the comment "Smith is the type of player you build a team around"?
I agree whole-heartedly with this. The logic that we have to address any holes with RFA's or trades is silly. Why do we even have a farm system? Why spend the time and money to scout, recruit, and develop prospects if management is going to fill every available roster spot from outside the organization? Was it right to attempt to land Suter? Yes. Was it right to NOT overspend? Absolutely.
I'm looking forward to seeing Smith and some of the others play this season.No one can say with any certainty what is going to happen with the Wings or any other team out there. Suter or Parise could suffer a season-ending injury in the pre-season (a la Mursak). Smith and some of the other young ones could exceed expectations, and their exuberance could be infectious with the veterans. Could the converse scenario also be true? Of course. Let them play and see what happens.
Kind of ridiculous to doom a team before even a second of hockey is played.
I think it's safe to assume we all know I wouldn't mind seeing Dats get the "C". I don't think he will but anyone who would complain about it are crazy. I do however think Z will still get it, Im guessing thats what Pavel wants as well so and you should too.
I see what you did there!
Seriously, though... Dats, Z, either way, I'm good with it.
I think that Miller's insertion into the line-up had a lot less to do with Hudler's performance (too much being read into that IMO) as it was a testament to Miller's ability on the PK, which we DESPERATELY needed. In order to insert Miller, someone had to sit, and Hudler was the best option.
During the game last night, thinking Franzen was likely to be out for Tuesday, my first thought was Modano in for Franzen. However, the PK was better last night with Miller, so he stays, and though I think Hudler's size is a big liability against a bigger Sharks team, I think he's back in.
I feel that Modano's size, speed, and strength would be a better fit for this series, and MAYBE there is something to be said about his comments (I think there is too much being read into this also), but do you really think Babcock is going to NOT ice the team he feels is best just to spite a player he's annoyed with? I don't think so. I think Babcock feels Hudler is the best choice...and that's probably who it will be. Sad for a lot of us, but true nonetheless.
My only comment is that I wish I had been a fly on the wall of Mickey Redmond's house last night. I wonder if he woke up the entire neighborhood? I know, this isn't exactly contructive nor adds anything meaningful to the discussion; but I'm still angry.
I didn't mean to direct the annoyance at you... I was more annoyed with the OP for not laying the blame on the guys who're playing 20+ mins a night and making the big bucks. Ericsson's been playing his role well. He's limited his mistakes in the playoffs compared to the regular season.
I was wondering the same thing....Why dis Ericcson, when, as has been noted above, he is playing his role well. Of those 20+ minute a night guys: Rafalski is just getting man-handled by the Coyotes big forwards; Kronwall is a turn-over machine, and Lidstrom can't carry the entire D by himself. Stewart has been the most consistant, and that's not saying a whole lot. Ericcson is fine. Leave him alone.