Valtteri Filppula our future 1st line Center?
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10-03-2012, 10:37 AM
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Good reply. That said - our situation has been different than those other teams in terms of getting our prosepcts into the lineup. 08 cup win and 09 1 goal away = no need to make major changes. We lose a few key guys (Hossa, Sammy, Hudler), Franzen blows his ACL and misses 75% of the year and a bunch of other injuries happen and we get bounced handily in round 2010. 2011, Huds comes back and the team leads the league for the first half of the season and wins the division. Another 2nd round loss ... discouraging, BUT the season ended with the team looking like a few "woulda, coulda, shouldas" (ie, Bert + Cleary not sustaining fluke concussions early in game 7) and Doan not pile-driving Franzens ankle we would have met Vancouver in the WCF.
This year ... lead the entire league for 60 games, assload of injuries, bunch of guys freshout of the trainers room with no jump or confidence and get bounced in the first round by an inferior team with 3 studs.
"If it ain't broke dont fix it" - to be fair for the past few years following the back to back cup runs management gave what we had every opportunity to see if they had what it took to get back there. It didnt work. I expect things to change considerably over the next 2 seasons. Hopefully the "rebuild/retool" is possible if the vets remain healthy and effective and Pav can be seduced into another 2-3 years after his deal. Im not saying our development methods are great or that I agree with them - Im just saying that I dont agree with throwing kids under the bus who havent even been given an opportunity yet which is something a few ppl have been doing allot of lately.
Not to mention - if Brunner ends up being legit and Jim Nill's connection to Dekeyser ends up with us getting Justin Schultz 2013 then that should be a good dose of tire pumping for whats on the horizon.
I believe the "if it ain't broke" idea has no basis that can be supported by fact.
No team has won back-to-back cups since 97-98. And that year, because of the terrible injury to Konstantinov and the loss of Mike Vernon, there was considerable change in the Wings playoff lineup.
Barring major changes this year, I think the Wings are going to be a slightly above average team.
In my estimation, the idea that Sammy and Carlo Colaicovo will take minutes away from Nyquist, tatar, Mursak and Kindl points to a flaw in the Wings' asset management strategy.
We're holding down young guys for mediocre and average players.
By doing that, we're strangling the chances of our youth developing into the kind of players who can sustain the franchise's success.
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