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  1. Posturing to try to increase the value of assets by making it appear as if they are unwilling to part with that. I doubt it does much.
  2. Sell Smith for whatever we can get for him. He hasn't developed like many expected him to based on how he produced at Wisconsin and GR. Early in his NHL career he was a real liability in the defensive realm. He's improved in that regard as he's cut down on the turnovers and inopportune chance taking that too often left him out of position. However, he still doesn't produce as much as hoped on the offensive end. Maybe that will come in the next season or two (or maybe not) but given that he is an UFA at season's end there is no guarantee he'll sign with Detroit, especially if another team can offer him immediate team success and/or a bigger offensive role. The Wings are rebuilding and we don't have the leverage we once had in dealing with FA whether they were our own or other team's. Lets get what we can for him.
  3. RIP Mr I. The city of Detroit benefited from his tireless efforts. Thank you for the 4 Stanley Cups I got to witness first hand. He will be missed.
  4. http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/15175374/detroit-red-wings-star-pavel-datsyuk-plans-retire-nhl-playoffs So maybe they could convince him to finish out his contract. The idea of a contract extension sounds foolish as it would just prolong a dead money cap hit. As far as holding Pavel to the terms of his contract being "slavery" nothing could be further from the truth. Pavel is an adult who signed the contract of his own free will knowing the terms and implications of the deal. If going back to Russia was so important to him, he should have signed a shorter deal. Instead, he signed a 3 year deal after age 35 knowing that if he left it would be a dead money cap hit. The Red Wings enabled Pavel to become a very wealthy man and he repays that by possibly hamstringing them by leaving a year early. Holland deserves some blame as well of course. Disappointing.
  5. Maple Leaf private jet spotted in Detroit http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2015/05/09/mike-babcock-watch-mlse-private-jet-spotted-in-detroit-today/
  6. So tragic that he dies so young. My condolences to his family and may he RIP.
  7. Former Red Wings winger Shawn Burr dies 47-year-old Burr dies after fall at home DETROIT - Former Detroit Red Wings winger Shawn Burr has died. He was 47. Burr died Monday at a Detroit-area hospital after falling at his home this weekend. The former professional hockey player had been battling cancer. Burr was drafted 7th overall by the Red Wings in 1984. He played 878 games with Detroit, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the San Jose Sharks. During the course of his career he scored 181 goals and tallied 259 assists. His most notable season with the Red Wings was 1989-90 when he scored 56 points in 76 games. http://www.clickondetroit.com/sports/hockey/former-red-wings-winger-shawn-burr-dies/-/2286174/21343476/-/11tvpwm/-/index.html
  8. https://twitter.com/Bill_Roose/status/364548406997303296
  9. A sad day for Wings fans. RIP Budd.
  10. NHL agent Allan Walsh gets it: "It's become perfectly clear that Gary Bettman cannot continue in his position. It's time for a new commissioner."
  11. Heatley will finally get all the icetime he wants.
  12. He may be right. Ericsson looks to be vastly underpaid.
  13. No, the team that holds the RFA rights gets the player. Players are the property of their team until they reach unrestricted free agency. In your example, if Stamkos gets to restricted free agency without a contract agreement with Tampa and signs an offer sheet with another team, Tampa could match that offer and would keep the player. The choice is Tampa's alone.
  14. Hopefully McKenzie is misinformed and the confirmed contract numbers are at least $750K per year less than what McKenzie tweeted.
  15. Terrible news. I really feel for his family. RIP Probie.