Posted by Echolalia
on 08 November 2010 - 01:43 AM
I sure hope the Wings take the Blues more seriously than LGW does.
They're a young team with a good deal of balanced talent. They don't have any superstars to lean on, but they also don't have any salary greater than McDonald's 4.7M eating into their cap. Instead they succeed not on pure talent, but hard work and they get it from everyone on the ice. I don't care who's on your roster, if you have all 18 guys on the ice playing balls-to-the-wall hockey and working on the same page for 60 minutes you're gonna win games. They also have 3M in capspace for any glaring issues that might pop up between now and February.
This team is legit and we're likely to verse them in the playoffs. Hopefully by then they'll have a little more respect and be taken a little more seriously.
Put abdelkader on the third line for starters... don't know what to do with modano, 5mins a night in a 4th line and double shift someone the other minutes as a 4th line center...
I'm willing to give Modano some more time to gel with the third line. The guy has played his entire 20+ year career with one organization, and while personnel and coaches have shuffled in and out of the Northstars/Stars, this is the first time in his pro history that he's adjusting to so much change over such an immediate period of time. I'm talking team, teammmates, environment, coach, offensive and defensive strategies, etc etc etc. He's still not playing Red Wing hockey quite yet and I don't know if benching him or putting him on different lines will fix that any quicker than keeping him with Huds (who's looking a lot like Jason Willaims lately, actually) and Cleary. I expect the second half of this season to be pretty productive for Mikey.
The Chicago bashing is getting pretty old. We already established they lost a good bit of depth in the off season and the jokes that spawned over the past four months have been enough to last us the whole year. Now its just getting stale.
My first impression is likely too good to be true over 82 games. Chicago lost, Pittsburgh lost, Washington lost, and the Wings won against a rival convincingly, with scoring from three lines, a Gordie-Howe hat-trick from an unlikely player, a shut-out from someone concerned with a Sophomore slump, a goal from a "washed up player who should've retired with Dallas", I couldn't have wrote a more ideal script.