It was draft day and everything went well for the Detroit Red Wings. Except one thing; Mike Babcock was pissed.
Why, you might ask? The Wings got the prospects they wanted. They've made the playoffs for 20 straight years. And they have a bunch of salary cap room for free agents.
It seemed that babcock's frustration reached a boiling point, and clearly he doesn't like the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks have been a thorn in the Wings for two straight years, knocking them out of the Western Conference Semi-Finals each year. So when the Sharks announced their trade on draft day, Babcock probably gave the Sharks table the death stare the rest of the day.
San Jose acquired defenceman Brent Burns and a second round pick from Minnesota for Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and a first round pick.
“They just hit a home run,” Babcock said of the Sharks. “That’s a gold medal pick. I’m pissed off.”
And a home run deal it was. The Sharks have been searching for that defenceman for a long time. Sure, they have Dan Boyle, but after that it's all those heart and soul guys. But Brent Burns has talent that San Jose needs to get over their palyoff failures.
Detroit needed him too. With Brian Rafalski's retirement, they desperately need a number two defenceman. I am not sold on Niklas Kronwall just yet, although he is a very good player. I think that Burns would have been a terrific fit in Detroit. He's young and has some sweet moves which he could use in the shootout.
Some people are speculating that Babcock's anger is to do with Ken Holland not getting him those big time players and getting old guys like Jaromir Jagr, potentially.
If I was Babcock, I would be frustrated too. Why the heck are you wasting time trying to sign Jonathan Ericsson for a billion dollars? Get to stepping and get me some real talent!
His statements truly indicate that Detroit pushed hard to get Burns from Minny, but they couldn't compete with San Jose's offer. The most Detroit could afford to lose was a player like Valterri Filppula, a draft pick and possibly a prospect. Setoguchi is way over Filppula's head, and they gave up a first rounder and a first round pick from the previous year (Croyle).
When it comes down to it, the Wings just missed out. Now they need to turn their attention to the rest of the palyers in line like James Wisniewski and Christian Ehrhoff (now that Kevin Bieksa resigned with Vancouver). Forget about Jagr for now, he wants to go to the forsaken land in Pittsburgh anyways. Get some young, raw talent in here to give Babcock some support and maybe the Wings can pull through San Jose this year. Third time's a charm.