Franzen has definitely gone into beast mode these past few games. Have to wonder with how good he's looking at center whether or not that gives Kenny a little more leverage in negotiating Flip down from the $5m+ he's supposedly looking for on an extension given that they have a new option for 2nd line center if they want Z & Dats together.
Nobody circles the wagons like the Detroit Red Wings! I still like our chances. The Wings have to look at it this way...win all 5 games left and we're in. Who care what Columbus and Dallas do. We have 2 games in hand on Columbus and they are only 2 points ahead of us. Dallas is tied with us owning the Wins in Regulation tiebreaker. However they have a very tough 4 games. At STL, SJ and LA and home against us. Stay positive folks. I know it's tough right now. But I still believe in this team and I know Dats, Z, Kron and Jimmy wlll step up. I also have a feeling playoff Mule will return. We ARE going to make the playoffs. If you don't believe in this team then get the ?%& out! LOL Just kidding. But seriously GET THE...hahahaha
Yeah, it's a good, physical game. THIS is hockey! Not the candy-ass tiptoe through the tulips game The Red Wings play on most nights. Rivalries are what make hockey; unfortunately, The Red Wings have no rivalries anymore, mostly because they do not engage in physical play due to the Charmin soft teams Ken Holland has assembled since Bowman's retirement.
I keep pointing this out: Gaborik doesn't magically term the Wings into a contender. What he does do is force the Wings to sell their future for a slight bump in their tiny chances of going anywhere this season. If Hollands stands pat this year it would only be a bad move, not the terrible one like everyone seems to have a hardon for.
He scores goals.
The rest of the roster? Doesn't score goals.
I agree we aren't a Marian Gaborik away from being elite, but a Marian Gaborik is they type of guy we need to add in order to move forward.
Don't they say every year it's a deep draft? And even when they don't, I'm sure guys picked late still have become very good players. There are no sure things in the draft unless you're picking top 10. Maybe even top 5 or top 3.
Wings won't be picking that low anyway, so it doesn't make sense to abandon this year for a mid-to-late 1st round pick. Playoffs are a crapshoot and no matter what the pessimists on this board say, if the Wings get in and get hot, they could make a run.