I don't think anyone is saying Jurco had an awesome season. By most standards and expectations I think LGW can agree that Jurco wasn't as productive as we were expecting, especially given how he played the year before, and all the hype that has surrounded him the past few years.
But that's not to say he is irrelevant to the team, and it's also not worth trading him for a bag of pucks due to one (offensively) down year.
I wouldn't say they're fast-tracking him. He played a year at college and absolutely dominated there, so he's definitely ready for a more challenging level, and that next step happens to be at Grand Rapids. It also doesn't hurt that he didn't look out of place at the Worlds over the past few weeks.
I'm expecting he'll be at least a couple years with the Griffins, while he continues to adjust to playing with men instead of boys, and against people who are battling for jobs and their livelihoods. The schedule of the AHL is more demanding as well, and I expect that will also take some getting used to.
Weiss has what 3 years left? Too lazy to check. 5 mil cap hit. VERY movable. Vinny had a very long contract with a very high cap hit, and was playing nowhere near what he was making. Dipietro doesn't count because he lived on IR. Richards has been regressing for a couple years now, and that was a bad contract from day one.
Weiss isn't some washed up has-been. He had bad luck with injuries at the start, and was unable to play his way into Babcock's system. Weiss would absolutely have value to some teams out there.
Well deserved. Its an amazing testament, not only to the compassion and class that the organization has, but particularly to the impact and dedication that Matt had on the sport. I think Kip articulated it as good as anyone. Matt's work was a game-changer on multiple levels.
My god what's so hard to understand about fans wanting local heroes ? I'm not saying don't draft euros all I am saying is that a team from Detroit should focus on Michigan boys first if there isn't a huge difference in terms of skill, size... Yes it's true I'm a Euro myself but I don't think there is anything wrong with expecting a team to have more than a few local heroes ? I mean look at the Toronto boards people there were rightfully pissed that the Leafs didn't draft the gta guy Nick Ritchie. And then their so called management has the audacity to be surprised when Cherry calls them out for it. Sure if that Provnov kid falls to us take him but there is the KHL risk and a good chance someone before us will take him. As far Anaheim they have Cogliano, Etem
No one is struggling to understand the significance, or lack thereof, of local heroes. People are saying it doesn't matter. We'd much rather go with the best player available, and the one that will help us win a Cup. Where they're from is irrelevant. As I already mentioned, the Wings aren't exactly short on North American players. Taking a quick look at the Wings roster from their website, the Wings have more Canadians than any other nationality with seven. Second place is a tie with six a piece from USA and Sweden. Three guys from USA are also from Michigan. There are already plenty of local heroes for people to cheer for right now, and the three Michigan players are pretty damn good at their roles with bright futures ahead of each of them as well. With the Wings getting knocked out of a tight playoff race, the conversation shouldn't be "lets get more good ol' NA boys and homegrown talent". It should be "lets get the pieces that will put this team over the top and help us get deep into the playoffs". If that's a kid from the suburbs of Detroit, awesome. If that's a kid from Brazil, just as cool.
And just a side note: the players I enjoy cheering for the most right now are Datsyuk, Helm, and Mrazek. Datsyuk because he is an absolute wizard. Helm because he is fast and tenacious as hell, and its fun watching his create chaos. Mrazek because he's an exciting goalie with a bright future. Only one of those three guys is a North American, and like I said, the reason why I like him so much has nothing to do with where he was born. Its exclusively to do with what they do on the ice.
Bertuzzi seems like he came out of nowhere. I remember when the Wings drafted him most folks on LGW looked at it as a throw-away pick, or a favor to Todd Bertuzzi or something along those lines. Ever since he was drafted, though, the kid has been exceeding everyone's expectations (except perhaps the Wings' organization, who may have knows the potential this kid had the whole time (?)).
Now he is on my list of most anticipated players to see in a Wings' uniform, along with Athanasiou, Larkin, and Mantha.
I think it's fair to say Mantha won't be the power forward most of us hoped he'd be. I still think he'll make the NHL, though. Just not a player to build your franchise around like they were hoping to do.
I don't think it's fair to make any conclusions about the NHL career of a 20 year old who is still playing in his first year in the minors, especially after missing the first couple months with a broken leg.
watch the first goal again, if Helm continued to skate toward the net or just shot it toward it instead if trying to cut back a second time, Stralman doesn't steal the puck and the 1st goal never happens. That momentum change is all on Helm's bad decision. Watch it, you'll see.
Helm turned the puck over, but the Wings were all in good position to handle the rush. The breakdown happened the moment Ericsson abandoned the right side to cover the slot and pass the goal scorer off to Helm, who wasn't in good position to box him out. We had two defensman back, and two forwards backchecking with the play. There's no reason why Johnson should have a clear path to the net, and if Ericsson read the play correctly, Johnson would have been boxed out.
To be fair his last game wasn't bad. There is only a certain number of shots a goalie can save if the defense has a day off.
While I agree with you, if it was Howard in net, LGW would be calling for his head about how he doesn't make the big save when needed or something along those lines.
I think the trade Howard, Mrazek is our savior talk is a bit premature. Mrazek is playing excellent, yes, and Howard hasn't been too hot since his injury. But were still talking about trading away Howard for a kid who seemed to get pulled every other game over the past few months, which is a trend that has actually continued into the playoffs. I do think Mrazek is playing better than Howard right now, but I think the way going forward is to keep both of them on the roster next year, have them continue to push each other and duke it out for number 1, and see how the pieces land. Also during the inevitable case of an injury, I'd be much happier having both Howard and Mrazek on the team, instead of Mrazek and some washed up or unproven backup. But in the meantime I'm just going to bask in this victory.