Well, the game is over. The Wingnuts are already calling for the heads of everyone from the head coach, goaltender, forwards, and defense. The only two people that aren’t subject to criticism are Lindstrom and Yzerman. Everyone else is going to be under the microscope for the next 4 months.
I am pretty disappointed in the Wings in the postseason this year. As I said before, Edmonton was doing every little thing to win the series. They were dropping to block shots. They were standing up our offense and challenging the shooter every time. Their goaltending was excellent and even a little lucky at times. Our offense scored 7 even strength goals in over 18 periods of playoff hockey. Our defense wasn’t challenging as much as they should have. Lastly, Legacy is going to take a brunt of the blame and he should for some of the goals he let in. However, it wasn’t all his fault. There is plenty of blame to go around.
Its not all bad being an overall hockey fan though. There is still a lot of good hockey action to watch. Anaheim and Calgary going to game 7 tomorrow night. Two more game 6s tonight. Man, its going to be a great playoff run for these other teams and I am going to be watching a lot of the games.
As a hockey fan, I just want to see a few things happen for the Wings.
1. Yzerman to return for one more season. I get the impression that it won’t happen, but I can be hopeful that it does.
2. Sign Lindstrom. The guy is a defensive machine and should be in a Red Wing uniform for life.
3. Go after a top flight goaltender for next season? Thats a good question. I don’t think Luongo will be available as he is a restricted free agent and the price to trade for him will be quite high. As for who would be available, thats a tough call. Sticking with Legacy wouldn’t be bad either though. He would be signed for less and we could spend more going after better talent up front. I think Legacy deserves another shot in a Red Wing uniform. Jimmy Howard should get the backup role starting next season though. He deserves a shot at the NHL level on a consistant basis.
4. Keep Shanny. He scored 40 goals this season and we know he can turn it up in the post season.
I can’t think of anything else to add right now, but thats a good start.
Man, am I glad that hockey starts up for me next week.