Buccigross’ advice to playoff contenders

January 4, 2006

Not much we didn’t know or expect, but here’s what he had to say about the Wings:

The Wings are a Stanley Cup contender. Their record will be inflated because they play in the NHL’s weakest division, but they are well-managed and well-rounded. Detroit has 12 games left against Chicago, Columbus and St. Louis combined. It will be able to control its veterans’ minutes and get a home-ice playoff spot at either No. 1 or No. 4. In my mind, the Wings have the best No. 1 power-play unit in the NHL, and that will go a long way in the playoffs. They will miss Jiri Fischer and need to fill that void on the blue line. The question is in net. Are Manny Legace and Chris Osgood good enough and durable enough for a two-month playoff tournament?


Verdict: Get some big, inexpensive, stay-home depth on the blue line (Hal Gill? Sean Hill? Lil’ Kim?) And some forward energy depth.

Iwo:  John forgot to throw Brendan Witt’s name in there.  I’ve liked Sean Hill for a while, too; he’d be a worthwhile pick up.  As for his other points:

  • Yes, the power play looks good.  However, in the years we’ve all been disappointed the PP looked good going in to the playoffs, too.  I firmly believe the Wings’ success this year will hinge on whether Datsyuk and Zetterberg come to play; if they’re mentally prepared for the playoff grind.
  • Are the goalies durable/good enough?  I don’t think that subject has been discussed enough in Detroit yet.  Let me think on it and get back to you.
  • Forward energy depth.  I’m hoping NJ continues to falter.  Ken Holland?  Langenbrunner, please.

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3 Responses to “Buccigross’ advice to playoff contenders”

  1. If you want Sean Hill and his propensity for stupid penalties at bad times, you’re welcome to him.

    Be ready for a great deal of amusement whenever y’all play the Sharks, too–Joe Thornton goes nuts whenever Hilly looks crosseyed in his general direction, thus providing lots of entertainment.

  2. iwocpo Says:

    That would be nice. We’d have Hill to irritate Thornton and Chelios to get under Kariya’s skin. Be sure and watch that game on Friday. Guaranteed that little Paulie throws a tantrum.

  3. CasonBlog Says:

    Concur on Hilly and the penalties. He’s got a nice shot from the point but he’s slooooow.

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