My friend told me this one. Is there a link. I couldn't find anything about it, and 640 doesn't seem to know much about this stuff. I mean, a few weeks ago, Zetterberg was pretty much a Leaf in their eyes.
I like Stumpy, and I certainly wish him well with the Wings (who could use the help, it seems...). But it's hard to make up for 9 years of wear-and-tear on a body. He'll be a great character guy in the Wings' dressing room, and will get some good games in, including the occasional game on the top 2, but for the most part I suspect he'll be a depth player for them. I can't imagine him being able to keep up on a line with Sundin, for example, for an 82-game schedule plus playoffs.
Czerkawski gives us a scorer who may not have the classic Canadian hockey character (although by all reports Mariusz is a great person off-ice), but that isn't his job - his job is to score, and as much as Thomas has had a knack for scoring clutch goals throughout his career, I don't think anyone would suggest he's going to outscore Czerkawski.
Thomas' place in the organization would have been more on par with what Keane has reportedly been invited to camp for: a veteran depth presence to help guide - and push - the kids. Instead he'll be doing that - and probably a little more - for Mike Babcock in Detroit. And I think it's a good fit for him: I'm betting Babcock remembers how valuable Stumpy was in Anaheim's run up to the finals a few years back, and will look forward to ahving him in the room again.
I think it best that Steve-o moves on. There are far too many arguments I have with people who say the leafs are too old. This would have made them older and it will be nice to have some speed on the wing with Mariusz.
No there are two legitimate front line RW and if we could get another LW or see if there are others who may shine during training camp.