I am so confused by our roster right now. Colaiacovo played well (when he wasn't injured, obviously) and gets bought out, leaving us with 7 defensemen.
We don't buy out any forwards, re-sign Miller and plan on re-signing Cleary and Brunner. Including Andersson, Nyquist and Tatar that gives us 16 forwards and we STILL can't properly fill the top 2 lines.
Clarkson is not a sniper. He's an inconsistent scorer who often destroys plays by taking a shot the first chance he gets, even if it's from a horrific spot. He's sure to be overpaid by some team.
Additionally, the one season that he's really getting the attention for (2011-2012), his +/- was -8. That was 1 away from being tied for the worst on the team. This season he was -6, 2 away from the worst on the team.
And, just for fun, in 2010-2011, he was -20 (6 better than Kovalchuk's -26, but still awful).
Plus/minus isn't a great stat, but if someone consistently is towards the bottom of his team, it definitely does say something.
Over the next few days we will find out about all the injuries. But guess what? EVERYONE HAS GUYS PLAYING HURT! It is the freaking playoffs. very few if any teams are going to go through the playoffs without having half their team banged up. Happens every year.
As for Cleary, no one has ever doubted his heart or his guts. he has tons of both. But he is also half the player he used to be. It happens. he is 33/34 now and a UFA. No I do not want him back. We have young guys in the minors that need to play. yes they could flop. But untill they play every day, we don't know. What can Cleary give us that Sheahan can't?Nothing. Yes Sheahan is young and inexperienced, but how does he get experience? oh ya-he plays!
You think that Sheahan could come in, play an offensive role, and be second on the team in playoff scoring?
If Cleary's gone, we're losing a lot more than you seem to think.
There is no way we can afford (talent-wise) to buy him out. I mean, we clearly need more scoring. If we bought him out, we'd struggle to find pieces that could allow us just to break even with this year offensively. And don't pretend like Tatar would come close.
Trading him, as others have mentioned, might be feasible if we get back decent offense in return. I'd still be against it, but it's an option. But buying him out? It's embarrassing that there are so many people that actually voted for that.
Many people around here will never acknowledge this, but I'll just throw it out there:
Losing Jiri Hudler hurt. Obviously he didn't have a lot of the intangibles (and wanted too much money). But we lost a 50 point scorer. It does hurt, regardless of his other shortcomings. Notice how we needed more scoring this year?
And now some people want to lose a 30 goal scorer as well by buying him out? I get being pissed off with some things, but sometimes you have to acknowledge that you can't get a perfect player and that 30 goal players are valuable.
The offending foot is obstructed and you know it. I showed the RIGHT foot leaving the ice has he was jumping off his LEFT foot into Lydman. PS thats one foot, not 2 feet that you are pointing two. Also, thats about 2-3 frames before the hit was initiated, go forward to when the hit starts and Abs is jumping.
Huh? It's not jumping if one foot is on the ice.
By the way, Lydman is not currently at the Ducks' practice.
Obviously a huge blow to us. I personally think that Colaiacovo is underrated around here though. He has actually played pretty well when he has been in the lineup. The complaint with him has largely just been his injury issues.
I occasionally criticize people for phrasing speculation as fact. I phrased speculation as speculation. It's funny how you can't read properly.
I disagree. I'll show you why.
The presence of the word "possible" in one's verbiage is a slam-dunk indicator that that person is speculating, so don't give yourself any medals for identifying my speculation as speculation.
There were two parts to your post:
The simple fact is that he's completely out of game shape.
Note the word "fact".
More, it's entirely possible---perhaps even likely---that he's being kept out of the lineup as a safety precaution leading up to a buyout.
Now, I'll admit, you use the word "possible". However, you claim that:
If I were to say outright that it was likely, then I agree that strong evidence would be in order.
So would the following quote from you, just two or three pages back qualify as saying that it's likely?
I'm almost certain that Samuelsson is being kept healthy for a buyout. I doubt you'll see him.
I believe that "almost certain" is actually even stronger than "likely". That's why I asked for factual evidence. Hopefully that clears up what I was trying to say. And demonstrates how you're doing exactly what you tend to blast people around here for doing.
The simple fact is that he's completely out of game shape. More, it's entirely possible---perhaps even likely---that he's being kept out of the lineup as a safety precaution leading up to a buyout.
It's funny how much you criticize other people for speculation and then do the same thing yourself.
To say pretty much exactly what you would say to such a post:
-How do you know he's out of game shape? In particular, his broken hand and pectoral injury should have little impact on his ability to get in cardio work.
-Your claim that he's being kept out as a precaution is complete speculation. Is there any factual basis for claiming that this is likely? I've seen you claim this several times, not just in this post.
Everybody doubted that this would happen. Now all of a sudden the Wild's roster looks a LOT better than the Wings roster. I have to say, I told you so.
Going to be interesting to see how this year shakes down and how the Wings find answers for their many questions.
Looks like we're getting some perspective on this one, hey?
Obviously the Wings could still miss the playoffs. But centcougar's post is just too funny right now.
Edit: Sorry, I know it's probably not necessary to bump this. But at the very least it should prove to people that landing the big UFA's isn't everything. So many people thought that Minny was in such great shape.