I've been seeing, as of late, a lot of talk and 'rumors' about how the Wings are interested in Marty Biron of the Isles.
When I first heard the rumor, I was kind of intrigued, thinking that maybe if Biron was in Hockeytown, he might do some good. But there's a lot more to the scenario of 'Biron to Hockeytown' than meets the eye.
At first glance, it seems like it might be a good thing for the Wings. Their goalie situation, until lately, has been inconsistent, to say the least.
Ozzy has shown us flashes of the Oz of the past, from both ends of the spectrum. Howard, though lately has shown a bit of consistency, still doesn't have me convinced.
So this is why I was really weighing the possibilities of acquiring Biron. But it just wouldn't be worth it.
The Wings are known for sticking with guys inside their system. God knows Osgood has stretched the good graces of management to the limits. But they are, if nothing else, loyal to [sometimes] a fault to players in their organization.
Just look at McCarty, who they brought back last year. And need we look any further than Draper and Maltby? I know for a fact, if I had been in charge, they would have been traded or demoted long ago.
But another quality that the Wings hold high is to have good leaders in place for the young guys coming up through the system.
In this NHL, being on your own without a mentor can be like venturing out in the desert by your lonesome, to fend for yourself, and learn some lessons the hard way.
Now, trading away assets isn't something the Wings do very often either. Not that the assets look very appealing on draft day to an rival team...the Wings don't often get a high pick, but one thing they do well is they do their homework.
Their scouting is some of the best ever. They wait and dig out guys that no one else at the time was interested in. You know the guys I'm referring to. You'd love to have them on your team. :)
So, when I pondered the possible exchange for Biron, I wasn't quite so enthused at this deal's possibilities. Who in the system would we be willing to give up? A lot of people mentioned Ericsson's name. NO WAY!
This is one of our defencemen of the future. Larsson or MacCullum? Nope. Maybe Malts, but who else? Some suggest Rafalski in a deal. I say no way again. Yes, he may be over-shadowed by Lidstrom, but to me, letting Raf go is not an option.
The Wings need to ride this season out. Playoffs or no playoffs. Stay quiet at the trade deadline. If it means seeing end of the North American major sports record for most consecutive playoff appearances, then so be it.
Just making it to the playoffs means nothing. If this the Red Wings year to stand pat and 'rebuild' from within, then let it happen.
I hope Holland keeps being the Kenny we've come to know and love, and doesn't jump the gun.
Let me know your thoughts.