Remember Helm and Abdelkader? They got their shot in the playoffs. I highly doubt come seasons end that Gus will be in GR. Use up the old men for the first half till they croak...then call up the reinforcements just in time to gel and hit the hot streak going into the playoffs. To be honest, not a bad strategy. Especially in this streaky NHL we have now days.
We in fact, have too many players. In getting rid of Tootoo, Eaves, and Sammy, we still have an excess, if you include the trusted services of Glendening and Emmerton. Room needs to be made for Nyquist, Tatar (fulltime) and potentially Helm. Not Moulson.
Learn to love it. Brendan Smith is a Red Wing. Lower the expectation to the point where you can just simply enjoy watching him play. He's good, and he's learning how to play the hard way. Which only will help him in the long run. If the general opinions of fans towards a player is negative, that leaks all the way down through the media, coaching staff, teammates, and even the player. Accept him for who he is, a Red Wing. If everyone loved Smith for just being being a Wing, that positive energy from the fans will leak all the way down to the player. Thus, having a positive impact on his play, leaving every one fully satisfied in the end. Go Wings.
Things I've noticed so far... Nyquist and Tatar need to be in the lineup. Cleary can stay, as long as Bert and Sammy are not in the regular rotation. Add a healthy back on track Helm, and we have ourselves a top tier team. I would use either Tatar or Nyquist on the second line, dropping Franzen to the 3rd. It'll give him more space and opportunity to float, and do what he does. Adding Tatar and Nyquist would give us 2a and 2b in terms of a second line. It was pretty obvious that our 2nd PP unit, our inability to get the puck out of our zone and make that first pass, as well as our super slow, ineffective 3rd and 4th lines, are what is holding this team back from really excelling and impressing.
Props to Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Abby and Alfredsson. Those guys really stood out to me. In 2-4 years experience time, we undoubtedly will have the best d-corps in the league.
Crosby may be a ******, but he's only a ****** because he plays for Pittsburgh. He's good, real good. I'll take him on my team any day. Fake or not fake, its a cool video. Just because Datsyuk isn't Reebok's poster boy doesn't mean you gotta hate on every Crosby video that comes out.
If Modano is not signed, Maltby will....at least it seems this way. And if Modano isn't signed (which seems to be the way its turning out), then Abby will be the third center. Meech will likely be dealt. That leaves Helm and Eaves as the 4th line. Miller and Draper are the rotating guys and Ritola (yet to be signed?) will be the odd man out. Malts will be a good practice guy, and comes handy when someone gets injured. Modano would provide more of a problem then Maltby would. 500k vs 1-1.5 mil for Modano. I'll take Malts.
True or not true, which I'm sure it is...I'll take Malts, probably his last year anyway.
Just had surgery, and he will know his place in the lineup. He knows the system and can still, along with Draper, keep a good morale in the locker room. I'm sure Malts would be hungrier then an old Modano who might come here and try to coast his way to a cup in front of his home town...he's got nothing else to prove. We know what we'lll get out of Maltby....with Modano, its up in the air.