Posted May 28, 2011 - 11:39 PM
Filppula is an enigma in my opinion. Some nights he appears to be somewhat Datsyukian. But he seems to follow up with a large slump where he over handles the puck and generates few scoring opportunities. Obviously, he's a great two-way forward (good hustler, good defense, good overall hockey sense) but he just doesn't seem to kick out quite enough offense for a second line center in my personal opinion. That leaves him on the 3rd line, but I really like Justin Abdelkader at that spot. Right now, he's in a really weird limbo in which the Wings can't make a firm decision. That being said, I think he'll need one more year in DET in order for the front office to make the right decision. I'm not sure if I feel comfortable trading him away.
As for Hudler... he seems to do okay when he is spoon-fed by Datsyuk. But Holmstrom is also in that same boat. He too needs to be spoon-fed. Holmer's advantage is a net-front presence, so Babs is forced to play Holmstrom on Datsyuk's wing instead of Jiri. Of course, Hudler could be placed on Datsyuk's other wing, but that would be one too many slow skaters on the same line. Sure, Datsyuk is a selke finalist, but even he can't cover for those two boneheads all the time. Furthermore, Hudler doesn't fit well on the second line because Bertuzzi and Franzen need to be in that spot with the aforementioned Filppula as the Center. Bertuzzi is a terrible bottom 6 player and Franzen just has too much upside to be down there. What I'm getting at is this... Hudler is in a limbo as well. But he hasn't shown the flashes of brilliance since before he left for Russia. And even then, you couldn't really even call them flashes of brilliance. I'd be comfortable trading him away, as I believe he's an easier player to replace than Valterri. Plus, I feel like Tatar is the same type of player with better wheels.
If I'm Kenny Holland (which obviously I'm not, since I'm sitting here on my comfy ass couch pretending like I know something), I package Hudler, a 2nd round pick and a possible AHL defenseman (Derek Meech?) for Bogosian. That way ATL has their roster spot filled by Meech since he definitely is capable of at least playing in the NHL. Plus they get their bonus in a possible Hudler resurrection and a draft pick.
Like SYfanSD said above, Bogosian could be placed with Lidstrom and would probably enjoy a career year while learning a thing or two about obscenely good positioning skills. If all else fails, let Smith take a run and see one if he can't play with the big boys right out of the gate... and who knows, maybe Hudler will wake his little czech-republic ass up and start playing hockey.