After tonight’s sluggish and completely unacceptable loss to a goonish Blues squad, I am foregoing any attempt to be eloquent and structured here.
The Wings would not qualify for one of those childish “tries the hardest” ribbons that the weakest players received on teams as children.
The 2009-2010 season was by far the most agonizing in recent memory, but this one could challenge for that title soon. I propose dealing a skater and a prospect for Iginla for reasons I lay out here.
Also, I believe it is time to call the Jonathan Ericsson experiment a failure. We are overpaying someone to sit in the penalty box for LESS than 2 minutes.
Along with the Flame-outs, the Blue Jackets are in a downward spiral from which there is no escape. They have already displayed a willingness to deal skilled players.
Landing Iginla is unlikely but not a pipe dream. Some people have mentioned pursuing Nash as a possibility. This has crossed my mind as well, but this probably IS a pipe dream. Columbus would not want to send their best player to a division rival, unless they are convinced that Detroit will be in the Eastern Conference next season. Plus, Nash would cost 800k more than Iginla, and would certainly cost more in player assets as well.
Yes he is younger, but has one sweep at our hands to call playoff experience.
Iginla has been to the second season many times, and has played very well.
I believe bringing in a forward of Iginla’s caliber would excite the team (especially our resident stars), which often looks disinterested or frustrated.
What is the point of seemingly eternal patience if something is never attempted?
Datsyuk, my favorite player of all time, is breaking my heart thus far.
We have not yet played 20 games, but it feels like we have played 60.
We have 2-4 regulars that could be dealt, and an abundance of prospects that teams would find intriguing. (Nyquist, Jarnkrok, Pulkknen, Jurco, Tatar).
If we wait, I believe we will eventually slip in the standings, or wear ourselves out battling teams that do not have our problems.
A million accolades should be sent the way of Jimmy Howard, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Niklas Kronwall.
We drop to 8th because of this loss tonight.
The Red Wings have some cards here. Time to gamble.