8) The power play has become very stagnant and not enough moving parts...need to simplify it and just have someone bombing away from the middle on the back end
9) Way to many times do we give the puck away to easily in the D zone causing more energy to be spent trying to retrieve the puck
10) Lack of a killer instinct when the opponent has had most of its life taken out of them...one example was the game against Chicago last season when they had the lead and then took a boneheaded penalty with 2 mins to go and lost in a shootout 2-1 11) Dan Cleary
Fixed that for ya.
We've drafted really well at forward, IMHO. Names:
Drafting good is fine. But if when said prospect is ready for the NHL you have to hope your coach and GM will give them there shot instead of re-signing old washed up players to take there spot on the roster. Perfect example is Nyquist and Tatar right now. Right now I have no confidence Babs or Holland will play the young hungry kids when they are ready. Instead we will get more Cleary and Samuelssons.
This is what I was afraid would happen. He's too good for Junior hockey now. Hopefully they've got him playing in all situations - PK, defending leads - to help round out his game.
Why are you afraid? The kid is 19. Hes supposed to be tearing up juniors at this age for a 1st round pick. Its the natural progression of prospects. The kids development is not going to be stumped with another year in the Q. Its another year for his body to continue filling out which will make the transition to pro that much easier. Which is a major part of development.
Mrazek is already better than monster. Him being the starter in GR though will develop him more than sitting on the bench in Detroit right now. The best thing for young players is ice time. No matter where that is. No need to rush a good thing when we are already solid in net with Jimmy. Mrazek had a great first season in the pros. You don't want him having a sophomore slump in the NHL. That can sidetrack his progress.
True Scott going after Kessel was a dick move but come on Phil. At-least act like you've got a set of testicles (not a joke about his battle with cancer). Ive got more respect for Alex Semin playing the bongos than I do for Kessel. Running like a scared teenager while taking shots at someones ankles. Then he goes and starts jabbing him with his stick while Scott is being held by a teammate and a linesman. I really wish the linesman would have just let go at that point. Kessel would have deserved the beating. Dont poke bears with a stick unless your wiling to get mauled. Same goes for poking no talent goons.
Yes, it is possible to hurt one's head during a fight (see: Lilja, Andreas) but not as likely as getting hurt by hitting a guy with a helmet.
This right there. I dont have any stats to back anything up but just going on memory Id think its fair to say there were more man games lost due to hand injuries punching visors and helmets than injuries from falling in a fight.
I guess one thing that's interesting is didn't Lecavalier sign for 5 years @ $22.5 mill? I think he's only 3 years older than Weiss, and much bigger.
Weiss moves a lot better than Vinny. I think that was the big thing.
I actually love the cap-hit for Weiss and the signing overall is looking great because we need at center. Now its the Alfredsson signing that has me thinking we essentially chose a guy about to retire for Cleary and Brunner. Brunner should have been signed before UFA for the money and term they were looking for.
It looks like we have run out of cap since we still need to sign Nyquist, Smith, and Andersson. Bye Brunner
I dont think even Brunner knew what he was worth. His is just an odd situation.
4. Lack of Team Talent? - We played Chicago harder than anyone they met en route to winning the cup, and had 3 chances to eliminate them. As of right now, the team will be adding Helm, Bertuzzi, Dekeyser, and Tatar to next years full time roster and losing Filpulla and White for sure. Brunner and Cleary remain to be seen, but can someone tell me how next years team isn't better than last years based on injuries alone, and before you take into account the development of all of our rookies?
Its not an overreaction to say Holland hasn't been living up to his reputation the last 5 seasons. The guy has without a doubt let the roster get stale and the teams declining results prove that. It started with him hanging on to Draper and Maltby way to long and now hes doing the same with Bert and Cleary. He hasn't made a solid free agent signing since Rafalski and a good trade since Stuart. He seems to try and be doing just enough to stay in the playoff hunt but not enough to be a true contender.
Yes they played Chicago hard but lets be realistic. Chicago played probably there worst 4 games of the postseason at the start of that series. The fact that Chicago was then able to kick it in gear and win three straight elimination games shows how big of a divide there is between the two.
You cant say this team will be better next year just because of the young kids coming up and players getting back from injury. You cant be sure how Tatar, Nyquist, and Anderson fair through a full NHL season. They could be solid but they are just as likely to struggle as rookies. Sure Dekeyser looked real solid before his injury but he struggled quite a bit in the AHL finals once coming back. And theres no guarantee Helm ever gets back to the level he was playing at before all his injuries. Hes barely played in a year and a half and who really knows if this mystery back injury ever will heal right.
The teams biggest need is a 2C and a true scoring winger. I dont see Holland doing anything to fix it this season. In fact I wouldnt be surprised to see Brunner leave with a better offer elsewhere and then Holland panics and resigns Cleary for 3 years. I see this being just as likely and him signing any impact player.
The thing with the current NHL is that to get that top FA you need to overpay a bit. Hollands continual reluctance too leads to what happens last year where you just end up with table scraps (Sammy and Tootoo) and the ironic thing with those two is he ended up overpaying them. Do you overpay for every free agent? No. But when your team has a glaring need and nobody to fill it yes you might have to overpay. 5/5 may sound like a lot now but come the end of the contract the cap will be back up another 10-12 million at-least. Every player that the Wings seem to have interest in this season seems to have the tag line "but the Wings dont want to match his asking price" attached to it. This organization is no longer the Wings of 96-08 where players were willing to take a discount just to come play in Detroit. With the parity in the league that advantage is now gone. You want a top FA you have to pay them like a top FA.