Would you take Ilya Kovalchuk if Lidstrom retires?
Posted 24 December 2009 - 02:27 AM
If Holland did that he'd have to find another D-man. I guess with Maltby, Williams, Bert and Homstrom's contracts coming off the books, Holland will have some funds for a 4th defenceman. I hope he keeps Eaves, Miller and Bert. The thought of Lidstrom retiring makes me sad, but it's going to happen sooner than later.
I'm not liking Ralfi's contract anymore.
Posted 24 December 2009 - 02:29 AM
Posted 24 December 2009 - 02:30 AM
Posted 24 December 2009 - 02:34 AM
Not going to happen, but we can dream I suppose.
Posted 24 December 2009 - 02:52 AM
I have no problem bringing Lidstrom back next year, but not at the expensive of younger, better superstar players.
That said, I think Kovalchuk will re-sign with Atlanta at some point.
Posted 24 December 2009 - 03:40 AM
In all seriousness, though, I have my doubts as to whether Kovalchuk would want to come here. Really close to that Canadian media he so dislikes...
Of course, I could get off my lame rear and do something.
Posted 24 December 2009 - 03:41 AM
Posted 24 December 2009 - 03:46 AM
It would be sweet though... Imagine Franzen-Datsyuk-Kovalchuk
Posted 24 December 2009 - 04:22 AM
But that leaves the Wings with #4-#6 defensemen questionable. Ericsson should improve, Kindl/Meech could make up a solid 5-6. If Lilja can return then we have a decent unit. If not, replacing Lilja is probably necessary.
Don't forget, it's possible Hudler returns next season. That's another cap consideration when thinking about Kovalchuk. Huds would be locked in at $2.875, meaning Z/Dats/Franzen/Flip/Huds/Cleary/Draper/Leino and Kronner/Raffi/Stu/Ericsson/Kindl, plus Ozzie and Howard, and you have eight forwards, five defensemen, and two goalies locked in at $44.5m. Leaves $12.3m for five forwards and two defensemen.
Say Meech or another defenseman for $500k.
Then Helm, Abdelkader, and Eaves back for $2.5m total.
Perhaps Lilja or a replacement signs for $1m.
This leaves $8.3m to sign Kovalchuk and another forward. Holmstrom or Maltby coming back at $500k? Maybe even both? Or maybe Miller?
Kovalchuk at ~$7m allows for that. We'll see on Hudler, but I would bet on him coming back next season if Holland expects to have the cap space. If Lids retires and Kovy takes $7, it works. If Nick stays and takes something like $5m, Kovy is probably not an option. Nick for $2m could make it happen, though.
Next summer will be interesting to watch. Find out Hudler's decision, Lidstrom's decision, and what happens based on those decisions. If Nick doesn't declare retirement but stays unsigned until other guys are signed, such as forwards being basically sorted out, and the Wings don't pick up a top-pairing type defenseman without trading Raffi or Stu, then look for Lids to take cap leftovers.
Would love to see something like:
Maltby or Miller?
With Homer in the lineup, it could be:
Leino/Maltby or Miller?
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Posted 24 December 2009 - 04:58 AM
Posted 24 December 2009 - 06:06 AM
If our number 1 defenseman retires... we're gonna replace that spot with a sniper ?
I went to buy some camouflage pants the other day but I couldn't find any.
Posted 24 December 2009 - 09:49 AM
Edited by mindfly, 24 December 2009 - 09:49 AM.
Posted 24 December 2009 - 10:16 AM
Also - Kubina or Corvo right hand def. (at +/- $3.5M per season) could only provide boost to our PP units. Meech and Lebda are PAST.
If not: Michalek or Robidas (I just don't see Dallas letting him go)
Kaberle (wish) - Rafalski
Kronwall - Kubina/Corvo/Michalek
Stuart - Ericsson
Once we have def set - then go after:
Keep Bert at $1.5M
scoring forwards see: Frolov, Bourque...
some toughness see: Thornton, Asham, Boogaard
Posted 24 December 2009 - 10:45 AM
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