Friday, August 31, 2012
The Detroit Red Wings are in unfamiliar territory. People are beginning to talk, and some of that talk is mentioning the unthinkable, the Red Wings missing the playoffs. Most of this talk is stemming from the fact that the Red Wings lost Nicklas Lidstrom, the NHL's prefect human, after 20 seasons in Detroit.
Lidstrom has been a permanent fixture on the Red Wings' blue line, and his departure is obviously going to leave a sizable hole. But to say the clock has struck midnight on one of the most historic franchises in the NHL and that their reign has come to an end is a little much.
The Red Wings may have lost the best leader in the history of the NHL, but the remaining roster has plenty of leadership to spare.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The offseason is an import time for all. It can be a time for teams to regroup after a disappointing season, or a time when a team tries to keep a gelled team together and intact for a another run at a Stanley Cup.
It is hard to say who the winners are due to the various ways you can look at the summer’s results. A few candidates could be the Los Angeles Kings have kept a Stanley Cup Championship roster complete and did not lose one player this summer, while the New York Rangers one the Rick Nash race and added to an already impressive roster.
However, it is somewhat of a given that the Philadelphia Flyers have been the loser of this year’s offseason.
Let’s start with the elephant in the room, their defense. Their blue line took an immediate hit when they lost Matt Carle to free-agency. But, most saw Andrej Meszaros could possibly carry the load and be the Flyers’ go to guy next season.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The Minnesota Wild are without a doubt the winners of this year’s free-agency. They were able to lure, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the top two free agents, away from their respective teams and into the State of Hockey.
While Wild fans are sure to be riding an unprecedented high, one has to wonder are the Wild now Cup contenders, or even playoff ready, with the addition of the two super stars?
The answer would have to be no, in both cases. The team does not have enough depth, on any front to be labeled elite and a Cup contender. Sure, they might have enough talent to make the playoffs, and that’s a stretch, but to say anything else is impossible.