Here's another excellent guest post from Franklin Steele:
Finally! I've been waiting for an article about this! I wanna see the Hank, Brunner and Gus line! Let em' have a PP line for a game or two. What's the worst that could happen? A shot on goal? That would be interesting to see on a Detroit PP this year. ...Excellent article with a valid point. Vets Go Ved Vings! (Happy Hudler voice)
The last thing you want is a guy like Nyquist sitting in a pressbox when he's on top of his game. That's what he'd do right now. Sammy isn't playing currently and the team seems to be getting better. Nyquist will get his shot.
Nyquist is still in GR because our top two lines are set, and quite frankly he isn't a bottom six player. He is small and not gritty enough to bring energy to the bottom lines. Can he bring goals, yes, but we don't need that on the bottom. If we didn't have such a log jam at the bottom then we could move Bert to a line with helm and open a spot for Gus next to Pav but I don't see Babs doing that. When Sammy comes back he will be in the lineup. I also wouldn't be surprised to see Kenny unload some of this bottom six talent we seem to have so much of.
@JOHNxJOHN I would argue this: are our top lines set? Where the hell is this "30 goal streaky scorer Mule?" The argument above is perfect: Samuelson over Nyquist? It's like picking a mangy street dog over a show ready boxer. It doesn't make sense. Forgive the rant, but Kenny Holland continues to pull these weird moves on us. Signing Shit Rig to 3.5 a year? Quincy? Being a Wings fan has just been frustrating the past few years and it feels like chaos signings, trying to hold the wheel together with duct tape....
Shit Rig actually has turned into a pretty good dman. Probably our second most consistent that we have on the team right now. I agree with the rest of your statement though, these signings make no sense to me at all.
@ShaneRozeveld Shit Rig.... really? The guy is one of the best defenseman we have now. He'll end up being a rock solid second pairing guy. Don't be blinded by your hate. I was once.... then I gave Ericsson a chance and realized that my expectations were unrealistic. Ericsson does a great job at his price point. He's a rock on the PK and we need him to continue being steady. @JOHNxJOHN Quincey... I agree... he looked like a bust. Especially the first 3 games of the season. However, I think he's gotten a talking to. It seems his play has definitely improved. Part of it is getting a consistently defensive partner that can allow him to take a chance here or there. If ever there was a person to look at and say "bust"... it's Jakub Kindl. He's almost as old as Quincey and has practically nothing to show for it.
I'll get off my soap box now.... just wanted to put things in perspective.
@ShaneRozeveld in my defense when I say set I mean Babs has what he wants. Not necessarily that all the players deserve to be there. The reason Big E got that money is he would have left Detroit if he didn't get it here. That was a crap year to be looking for free agent defense and it payed off for E. Quincey is turning into a rare bust for Kenny, I don't mind trading for him but we gave up too much. Also Sammy got picked over Gus because Sammy is over 200 lbs. and is a right hand. Let Gus stay down for now, he is only going to get stronger. Next year for sure he will be in a Winged Wheel for the entire season. Quote me on it.