In a way, I'm kind of glad that Thornton went after Orpik like that. The Penguins get away with far too many dirty plays that sometimes cause serious injuries. Thornton went too far with the repeated blows to the head after Orpik went down, but message sent. No one likes to see anyone get hurt like that, though.
Neal should get the same suspension because his knee to the head was just flat out disgusting and targeting a player who was already down as well.
Ericsson will be missed, but is anyone else just absolutely blown away by DeKeyser right now? The kid hasn't even played half of an NHL season and looks like a top-pairing guy already. What an incredible signing.
Haha, Is it wrong that I never get tired of seeing bad things happening to Luongo?
I don't know, I kind of feel bad for the guy. He has a great sense of humor and has put up with a lot in terms of Vancouver management. He's still a good goalie (not really "elite" anymore) but his contract and playing for a Canadian team have really put him in a rough spot.
I look at Mantha as Franzen's replacement, but with way more potential. Hopefully he can make the transition to the AHL when he turns 20 and get on the fast track to the Wings. Happy about this signing, even though it was pretty much expected.
Is it just me or do all of these "new" sweaters just look the same? It's like teams that want to sell more merch just make an extremely stripped-down version of their old design to lower the material and production costs and... oh wait...
I expect more goal scoring and for the young guys to either step up their game or have a bit of an adjustment period (still). As for where the Wings end up in the standings or playoffs, that's never a sure thing to predict so I'll just say that I'll enjoy watching this new version of the roster!
Quenneville shouldn't even have been nominated. After the NBC crew explained that it took Scotty Bowman talking to Kane to get him going again, it seems to me that any off-ice "coaching" that Quenneville gets credit for is actually all Scotty's doing.