This is definitely my own picture. But seriously. Stop beating up on my boy, Holland. let him play
It’s that time of year again! What time of year, you ask? Well, if you followed @motownmayhem13 or @kpharkins on the twittweeter Twitter, you’d know it’s not Taco day, cuz Disciple doesn’t like it when we’re a little married.
NO, it’s preseason. And that means it’s Decision time. Roster decisions must be made, line-ups set, salary caps met, and hip flexors…flexed, properly. It’s no news to anyone that we have too many forwards signed, and we’re over the cap. Yawn, that is so old news, I swear if I read one more article about it, I may puke. So here you will be forced to read my opinions about what main stream media won’t speculate on, because…they’re mainstream and can’t.
Lots of kids are coming up, and veterans signed, and it’s created some interesting situations. I’m going to take salary (semi) out of this part here. First let’s look at the 1000 signed forwards we have now.
Those are the “NHL Ready” players we have to major league contracts. We can carry 14. Here is my top 14 that (in a perfect world, injuries aside at this point) I would put on my team.
A) Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Abdelkader (I hate Abby)
B) Alfie, Weiss, Franzen
C) Nyquist, Helm, Tatar
D) Eaves, Andersson, Samuelsson
E) Miller, Cleary
Here is why
A) Duh. Except Abdlekader. I still don’t believe he’s top 6 material. But he’s another center to help with injuries.
B) “Franzen coasts” duh. Get over it. 25 goals is still good, and I think we’d have traded him by this point if we got any good offers for him.
C) Young, promising forwards, good speed, hands, vision. Nice mix of skill and checking here. Perfect for developing players
D) Eaves and Miller are the same player. Eaves has one of the sickest wristers on the team, and has shown when you give him top minutes he produces. Babcock hates him, but I’m a big fan of Eaves. Lots of heart, but Eaves/Miller are interchangeable, I just prefer Eave’s offensive upside. Sammy is my surprise make here. I like him. I see the upside here, very good for helping out top line injuries, PP, and mixed minutes. Andersson is sexy
E) Eaves/Miller already discussed. I’d take Cleary again because he’s an “anywhere” player, but he doesn’t make the top 12. A good fill piece.
Bertuzzi has hockey left in him, but not here. We can’t hold back young players anymore. Tootoo is a FANTASTIC energy player, but he just doesn’t fit here. ‘Nuff said (I forgot Emmerton here. Caught it proof-reading. ‘Nuff said again ((That means he’s forgettable)))
So there is that. Bored yet? I am. here the fun begins. This is my prediction of what will ACTUALLY happen due to salary, injuries, ect.
Helm starts LTIR, saving a decision on who gets cut later. Because, why not procrastinate. I mean “give other players time to grab a piece of their pie/cake/cheese/whatever.”
We keep Emmerton because he’s a center, and Helm is hurt. Because Franzen didn’t actually play well as a center last year. And Miller definitely can’t do that. Or put Abby where he belongs on the 4th line center position. So we definitely need that guy because he’s a center.
Tootoo gets traded (How, I don’t know. Holland hasn’t figured out how to successfully trade players away since…I don’t even remember). Somehow we get rid of him.
Eaves get’s waived, picked up by the likes of Winnipeg, Florida, or Phoenix.
If Tootoo/Eaves isn’t able to be unloaded, Nyquist will start in Grand Rapids, which is a huge mistake. Why did Clearygate have to happen? Sigh. I’ve been up all night working, so I’m cutting this discussion short.
Those are my predictions as to what is going to happen with this logjam of stuff. However Babcock hasn’t had the best player management history the last couple seasons, and Holland is an amazing GM, but will go with Babcock’s recommendations.
Speaking of Babcock…how many pie/cheese/cake analogies are we going to get out of him? Why can’t you just say “earn” or something? Or stick to normal person analogies? Or come up with something new? We all know the way to get minutes in your lineup. It does involve grabbing something, but it’s not cheese. I’m looking at you, Abdelkader. It’s time to let go.
[Something clever and witty about Disciple]