from Scott Burnside of ESPN, Pending the landing place for Parise, we’ll see if the Wings end up coming around to a guy like Alexander Semin who has far more up-side in terms of offensive production but has all kinds of baggage linked to his compete level or lack thereof. If they go that route, perhaps they’ll be sorry they didn’t do more to keep Hudler whom they drafted with the 58th overall pick in 2002.
Should that lack of interest have been a red flag to the Flames?
That’s a moot point now. The question moving forward is whether the Flames can coax more out of Hudler, 28, over the next four years to nudge themselves back into the playoff tournament, something that hasn’t happened for three straight years. Since the lockout, they have yet to advance beyond the first round and, if you polled 100 NHL people right now, you’d be hard-pressed to find many that believe they’re capable of returning to said tournament next spring.
But GM Jay Feaster was ecstatic at the signing and ...