Weber, Suter, Pietrangelo, Letang are elite. Kronwall is a great second pairing guy just like White but he is not and probably at the age of 30 will never be a number 1. The reason why the Wings urgently need a number 1 defenseman is simple; to create a top and a very solid second pairing, as of now this team doesn't have that.
Theres a difference between elite and good #1 defenders. You can be a good #1 and not be elite. There are only going to be 4-5 "elite" defenders playing in the league. Does than mean that 25 other teams dont have legitimate #1 defenders?
Any of the 1-4 can switch spots. To be more specific on my prediction is that those 1 and 4 will finish just 5 pts between each other.
- Wings finish 3rd in the Western conference.
- Brunner scores close to 20 goals
- Kronwall picks up his game and solidifies himself as the new number one d-man.
- Howard plays more games, than Gustavsson, but the Monster has better numbers.
- Datsyuk finishes in the top 5 in scoring.
- Nyquist finishes the season on one of the scoring lines.
- Franzen will be a $3.9 mil cap hit, score around 30 goals, and people will complain.
- Crosby wins the Art Ross.
- Ovechkin wins the Hart and Rocket Richard
- Tuuka Rask wins the Vezina
- Shea Weber wins the Norris.
- Parise scores less than 30 goals.
- Suter finishes the season as a minus player
- Rick Nash does only slightly better than he did in Columbus.
- Anaheim makes the playoffs and Selanne's final run for a championship is an exciting one.
- Rangers, Flyers, Wild, Hurricanes, and Kings underachieve.
- Stars, Canadiens, Oilers and Ducks overachieve.
- The Kings start off slow, but finish strong to barely make the playoffs.
- Penguins and Canucks are top seeds in their respective conference.
I agree with pretty all you said there except for the Norris. Weber brings size and a sexy shot but in my opinion Suter was the better all around player. Weber could do a lot because he had Suter supporting him. I see Weber having the worst season of his career this year.
If he can still play bring him in on a 1 year contract. This season is a sprint to the end and with so many games in such a short timeframe there is no "if a team can stay healthy". Every team is gonna have an injury problem so grab as much depth as possible. There is nothing wrong with giving him a tryout and if he can play theres nothing wrong with a 1 year contract.
I don't get this either Det feels like they are out of the bidding war for Parise and decided to go for Nash? with a 7.8 cap hit for Nash how can they not afford to out bid to get Parise as well and not trade way what we have?
It could have nothing to do with being outbid. It could be that Holland thinks for the cap hit Nash is better than what Parise would cost.
I will personally throw down the aisle anyone who brings those stupid whistles to games. Even small children and pregnant women. My favorite FakePavelDatsyuk twitter this whole last year was "I like play in Nashville. They blow whistle for easy shift"
IMHO, Franzen "floats" a lot less than people here say who "watch the games". He is not paid for speed. He is paid to be a power forward.
Floating has nothing to do with speed. You can work your ass off and still be slow. It has to do with the fact that you never see Franzen as Mickey would say "picking them up and putting them down". He just coasts around. Power forwards go hard to the net. You cant be a power forward and just glide to the net. Franzen has been gliding the last 3 years.
How many of you give 100% effort at your job 100% of the time?
Most people do. Otherwise they get fired. Most people don't have the luxury of visibly slacking off 5 of 7 days of the week yet still make 4 mill a year. Pro athletes need to be held to a higher standard as they get paid way more than they are worth in the grand scheme of things. I can think of many many professions that deserve that 4 million a year and to see someone just do the bare minimum most nights is infuriating. In my opinion no sports contacts should be guaranteed. It should all be part of a performance matrix.
The problem with Franzens streakyness is that if he is not scoring goals he is essentially useless on the ice. He used to be a hard working checker which is what got him to the league. Once he found a scoring touch he's gotten complacent in doing the little things. He doesnt skate hard and the only "meanness" you see of him is maybe a snarl as hes sitting on the bench. Plain and simple he got lazy. It can be summed up in one specific play that stands out last year. Franzen turns the puck over in the offensive zone near the corner and falls down. He gets up and slowly starts skating up the ice. Helm I believe it was stole the puck around center ice. Waited at the blueline for Franzen to get out atleast 3-4 seconds but then was forced into the zone by a back-checker and thus the play ended offside. All because Franzen instead of skating hard after turning the puck over decided to go on a 10 second pity skate and screw an odd man break the other way.