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  1. Ken Holland contract extension watch

    I think it was a combination of Green/Jensen and Blashill, plus just the overall bad luck of the team, making Dekeyser look bad. His role and usage has not changed much since he started here, and his first two years under Babcock were significantly better. In Blashill's first year, paired with Quincey mostly, was also better despite being somewhat more defensively deployed. I think he is a passable top pair, with a partner who complements his skills at least. Not sure we have that partner for him though.
  2. Athanasiou Rumor

    You're off base on this one. For one, even to give the $1.9 offer he has to move Sheahan (or do something similar). Doing that would actually give us ~$2.3 for AA if we replace Sheahan with Bertuzzi (or ~$2.1 with Svech), without making any other moves or any LTIR besides Franzen. It doesn't seem likely that the cap situation is the main issue, or even necessarily an issue at all. Looking around the league at comparable players puts the market value at right around $1.9 for 2 years; just what we're offering. Unlikely that is a coincidence. Is he worth more? Maybe, depending on how you want to define "worth", and I would guess we'll end up settling a little higher. But we are absolutely not lowballing him, much less insultingly so. You like AA, so you're letting your emotions cloud your reasoning.
  3. Wonder what the odds are for the 1st overall...

    Sign Holland to a 20 year extension!
  4. DRW Training Camp 2017

    That is highly unlikely due to the cap situation. Might be possible if we were to dump both Ouellet and Sproul, and let Witkowski serve double-duty as both 13th F and 7th D, but I don't see that happening. Could also work if Mrazek gets dealt, but I don't think the interest is out there right now for that. Assuming no one gets hurt, Sheahan seems to be the only realistic trade candidate, then either go with just 12 F or dump one of Ouellet/Sproul and sign Parenteau or call up Svech. Though I'm guessing someone will end up hurt.
  5. Fisch is now titled as, "Director of Player Evaluation". Sounds like he's moved to more of scouting role, but still somewhat similar.
  6. Little Caesars Sneak Peek

    Lol. You say that like crowded trough pissing is any better when you know the people.
  7. Little Caesars Sneak Peek

    According to the District Detroit map, the parking garage is in the rear off Clifford/Cass. So probably best to go 96E to 75N, then exit 50 on to the service drive for a couple blocks. then left on Clifford. Though like Kickazz says, never know what might be closed off or under construction, so best to have a GPS. Though one good thing about metro Detroit is that basically every major road goes downtown. Just head east, you'll get there.
  8. Athanasiou Rumor

    Yeah, 3 kids with the same agent being among the last 9 RFAs to sign (though Bennett has now been signed) is a bit telling. I think this is another case of Wings fans being spoiled by success. While the KHL threat is somewhat unique for a non-Russian player, long and/or contentious RFA negotiations are fairly commonplace around the league. But the Wings haven't had a real interesting RFA problem that I can think of since Fedorov 20 years ago. (Dekeyser took a while to get signed a few years ago, but I don't recall any time when we weren't confident that it would get done.) Makes the whole thing seem worse because we aren't used to it.
  9. The D conundrum

    There's no roster limit in the AHL, and judging from past seasons we will probably carry 8 D there. I'd expect McCarron, Hronek, and Saarijarvi will all battle for a spot in the lineup, though I wouldn't be that surprised if one or both of the latter two were to pass one or both of Lashoff/Renouf on the depth chart. Like Krsmith said, Tansey likely doesn't make the cut and Sulak will head to Finland until next year. Cholowski heading to junior seems to be set as well.
  10. Athanasiou Rumor

    That's a mis-characterization. What was said is that he doesn't want to set the precedent of letting a player use a KHL offer to determine their NHL value. Nothing about bridge deals at all. Seeing as the KHL offer is reportedly one year, it's a bit of a speculative leap to assume that he would accept that amount over a longer-term deal. That said, $3M would probably not be a bad deal even short-term, though it is a bit above the apparent market value. Also, it's probably premature to say bridge deals are "dated". Not going to bother looking, but I'd bet there are many more recent examples of players who have signed bridge deals than not. At least for players around AA's level.
  11. Off-season moves

    This is supposed to be serious, isn't it? Like a legitimate, non-joke, you-really-want-to-know, real question/complaint. I probably shouldn't be, but I am surprised.
  12. 2017 Opening Day Roster

    Ericsson should not be traded if we have to take back something just as bad or worse, or retain much salary, or give up anything more than a scrub prospect we already know won't amount to anything. I happen to think E is a lot better than he gets credit for, even from you. Decent middle-pair if he's healthy. But he makes too much for that role, he's never been particularly durable, plus coming off a significant injury, plus has a known chronic hip condition, plus 3 years left. Too much term to appeal to contenders looking for depth, too much risk to appeal to building teams looking for experience, too much money for anyone... We'd have to pay to move him, or take something back that would negate any benefit. About the only thing I could see being feasible that would really help us would be trading him to Toronto for Horton, but they're also tight to the cap and have quite a few raises to give out in the next few years. I think there are many better options for us. Better to just eat the rest of E's contract.
  13. David Booth get PTO

    I believe so.
  14. David Booth get PTO

    Malik I think (or maybe I should say whoever he copied it from). They forgot to include the bonus carry-over from last year.