So, when does the season start?
I know, you thought it was January 19th. Well, guess what? Jokes on you. That was a preseason game.
Okay, it wasn't, but thats what I keep telling myself after that hilarity of a hockey game played by the Detroit Red Wings in St. Louis.
If that game was any indication of whats to come, the Red Wings need help (and fast!) on defense.
Ken Holland, you know what to do.
When looking for defenseman, one name comes to mind - Lubomir Visnovsky. He clearly doesn't want to play in New York for the Islanders and they have suspended him, why not look into acquiring him?
If not, why not look at the situation brewing in Montreal.
P.K. Subban hasn't signed with the team and it doesn't look like he will any time soon. It's not that he doesn't want to play in Montreal, but its obvious that the team isn't meeting his contract demands to get him back.
Hello? Earth to Ken Holland! We failed on Ryan Suter, failed on Shea Weber, why not try the next best thing (in my mind) and go after Subban?
Subban is what the Red Wings need. He is great defensively, has a cannon of a shot and is destined to be a top-five defenseman in this league.
The Habs losing Subban forever would be a big blow, but Detroit can offer whatever money they find suitable for Subban (they offered $98 million to Suter in the offseason) and throw whatever draft picks they need to if the Habs accept the deal. As well, they have expendible assets on defense if they want to sweeten the pot.
Last night's game proved that life after Lidstrom is either leading us to the fiery gates of hell or its going to take some time to get used to what's to come.
Adding Subban will lessen the hurt as it adds a much-needed piece to the defense and will lessen the work load of Kyle Quincey or Jonathan Ericsson (who for once wasn't the worst defenseman for Detroit last night).
It could also help us on the P.K. (see what I did there?)
Either way, something needs to be done before it gets worse. We have only 47 left this season.