Well doesn't this just brighten your day:
Mike Bancock said Darren Helm won't play hockey again this season. #RedWings— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) April 9, 2013
Pretty much means that making the playoffs are the only goal now.
I seem to be the only person I know who never expected Helm to be back in the first place. Back injuries are iffy in the first place and I would rather have him sit out a year than kill his career. I think Anderson has been pretty good in his place on the third line even without Helm's speed. I would rather have Helm in the lineup but our young guys are filling in well.
You know what pisses me off about this? The fact that Holland kept saying that we don't need to make a deal with guys like Helm coming back. All year he kept holding out that Helm would be back. And now that he's not, we dd jack shit at the deadline and no signiicant additions to a team tha needed it.
@JOHNxJOHN I think his injury record suggests he will be injury prone throughout his life; one of those players who's great when they can play, but unfortunately, will more times than not be in the repair shop...
@DetCapC19 I am perfectly fine with no moves at the deadline. The Wings are rebuilding. That's it, plain and simple. We didn't want to trade away any picks or prospects. Our core will only be around for maybe 5 years or so. This free agency coming up will be pretty epic with the new cap and all. I wouldn't be surprised to see a new look Redwings next season. Holland and Babs we willing to lose the playoff stream in order to guarantee our rebuild takes as little as possible effort wise. Think about it, when other teams rebuild they look like Edmonton, buried for 5 to 7 years. The Wings can rebuild in one or two season while still staying in contention. We are so spoiled with success that we can't even appreciate what we have.
@DetCapC19 I 100% believe KH is a professional fiction writer; however, in his defense, I believe Helm just went to a new specialist last week. I'm assuming his former doc wasn't seeing any progress so they found some new doc who realized the problem/treatment was more long term than the last guy. That said, I think the deadline should have been active regardless of injuries to reduce some assets already on their way out / wasting space and make improvements for the present AND future.
@DetCapC19 very true. seems we get led on a lot.
@JOHNxJOHN if are truly rebuilding, why didn't holland move White for something? rebuilding teams actually rebuild. the ONLY reason any of our prospects have seen the NHL this year is because the has-beens that Holland bought, broke.
@JOHNxJOHN We only have a couple of more years Datsyuk and Zetterberg's prime. Prices for guys like J-Bo werent even that high. Epic free agent class? Like better than Parise and Surer when we have $20MM in cap space? Cap space and free agents mean shit when we can't sign them.
@JOHNxJOHN @DetCapC19 Prospects are just potential energy. The vast majority of them don't pan out, including many of the 1st Rounders. Look at our roster and see how many 1st Round picks there are in our roster. I would much rather have someone who is young-ish and has proven himself than picks/prospects. The draft and prospects are important to a team, but if you can give up three guys with a 33% chance of being decent at the NHL level for 1 guy who is good at the NHL level, I'd say do it. Those opportunities for the relatively cheap prices we saw in this deadline are rare already and becoming even less common.
Sorry, Minny has $12M not $17M and that's probably $4M less now with Pomminville. But the point is, they're not cash strapped or "handcuffed" like you suggesed.
@JOHNxJOHN 1. We didn't offer Parise nearly as much money and we actually had to go and re-up our offer to Suter. But if we had offered the same amount of money to Parise, I think we could have convnced them. Regardless, my point was there was a good free agent class last year and we got Sammy and Coliacovo. 2. Minny has $17M in cap space next summer AFTER the drop in the cap. 3. Are you shitting me about J-Bo? Why would we have had to givve up any of those guys? Stl didn't give up any of their A-prospects. And since you clearly didn't do any research intowhat they actually did give up, one of the prospects was some shittgoale. ot saying we'd have to give up Mrazek, but Jake Paterson would have probably sufficed with a B-Prospect and a 1st. 4. We gave up a 1st in last year's draft for Quincey and NOW we're being stingy with them? Give me a break. 5. And nobody is dropping anybody significant with the amnesty buyouts. It will be overpaid players who don't produce. Think guys like Mike Komisarek or David Booth.
@DetCapC19 @JOHNxJOHN The only reason Parise and Suter both went to Minny is because Parise wanted to play for his hometown team and Suter wanted to play with a good friend. No GM was going to pull them away from that. Plus when the cap drops those contracts are going to handcuff Minnesota. And J-Bo was traded for a 1st rounder and 2 prospects. So for one defensemen you want to lose a 1st rounder in one of the deepest drafts in recent memory and at least Sproul or Jarnkrak or Pulkinen. Not worth it at all. Just you wait and see when teams need to start dropping big contracts, some big names will fall into free agency and Holland knows it.
@reecardoraul @ThroatShot Exactly. This is why Kenny shouldn't have been banking on him coming back and acquired someone to help out upfront.