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#1 Echolalia

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 02:15 PM

http://www.freep.com...contract-talks-

There is a mention of a multi-year contract as well, as Bert has been riding 1 years for a while and wants to settle down. It also says they hope to re-sign Homer and Lils.

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 02:19 PM

Not quite sure how to feel about this...The good thing was that he was on a 2nd line that appeared to click - however that switch wasn't always in the "on" position.

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 02:19 PM

I approve.

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 02:26 PM

All depends on price. I'm good with it as long as he doesn't want more money than he's getting now. I wouldn't mind a 1-1.2 a year for 2 seasons.

Definitely keep Homer, and I'd love to keep Lilja.
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Posted 19 May 2010 - 02:28 PM

it does all depend on the money. really the reason bert was tolerable this year was he was a good value. if the team loses that advantage he could quickly get into the doghouse again.

also i recall reading last year that bert would continue to take a lower salary to play where he wanted to. does anyone else remember that?

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 02:31 PM

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also i recall reading last year that bert would continue to take a lower salary to play where he wanted to. does anyone else remember that?
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I don't remember reading it anywhere, but he's not in much position to make demands. He has a very polarized fanbase and has been hit-or-miss on other teams. He's also getting old and I do know that he wants some consistency in his life and he's tired of moving every 365 days.

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 02:37 PM

In an interview earlier this year with FSD he said money wasnt a problem and the he wants to stay here. expect him to stay for the same ptice as last year.

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 02:38 PM

I'd like him back.

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 02:40 PM

Yes please. For the price you cant really find anything better. From what I have read about him he is a pretty nice guy off the ice. It would be even better if he did not get those reputation calls all the time :ranting:
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Posted 19 May 2010 - 02:45 PM

There's just not enough room to re-sign Bertuzzi,Holmstrom,Eaves,Miller,Abdelkader,and Helm up front.especially with Hudler coming back.I still think we can do better than Lilja.
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Posted 19 May 2010 - 02:48 PM

All depends on price. I'm good with it as long as he doesn't want more money than he's getting now. I wouldn't mind a 1-1.2 a year for 2 seasons.

Definitely keep Homer, and I'd love to keep Lilja.

Forgive my ignorance on who's available this summer in terms of Dmen, but I feel re-signing Lilja is very important...Who else provides a steady physical presence with shot blocking ability on our current roster?

Is there anybody else better not named Volchenkov in these categories?

With Hudler returning I would rather see Bert's $$$ spent on someone along the likes of a Torres.

There's just not enough room to re-sign Bertuzzi,Holmstrom,Eaves,Miller,Abdelkader,and Helm up front.especially with Hudler coming back.I still think we can do better than Lilja.

How about re-sign Lilja, add your Dman (whomever it may be), and then trade Ericsson?

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 02:58 PM

I think resigning Bertuzzi will be a pretty good idea. He had a pretty good season here and with his linemates healthy the whole year, maybe he can produce a bit more than he did this year.

Side Note: Has anyone mentioned anything about Miller yet? I haven't seen any reports on what Holland expects to do with him. I'd love to see him resigned because he was a huge anchor on our PK this season.

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 03:14 PM

Multi-year? I like Bertuzzi but I'm not sure that's a good idea. Only if it's for under a mil after this next season. He was good for us, but could easily stop being good for us, especially in future years, what with his history and him not aging as well as other players.

Maybe next year at his current rate (or less, always a bargain hunter I am), the year after that 1 mil?
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Posted 19 May 2010 - 03:17 PM

Forgive my ignorance on who's available this summer in terms of Dmen, but I feel re-signing Lilja is very important...Who else provides a steady physical presence with shot blocking ability on our current roster?

Is there anybody else better not named Volchenkov in these categories?

With Hudler returning I would rather see Bert's $$$ spent on someone along the likes of a Torres.


How about re-sign Lilja, add your Dman (whomever it may be), and then trade Ericsson?

That's what I'm saying.Supposedly Kenny wants to get younger,so why re-sign Bertuzzi?Same with Lilja.If I had it my way,we would get rid of Ericsson AND Lilja.Gimme Sheldon Brookbank,Let Bertuzzi walk.Gimme a guy who can score and fight.
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Posted 19 May 2010 - 03:18 PM

They should put a bonus clause in the contract, based on how many offensive zone penalties he takes.
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Posted 19 May 2010 - 03:20 PM

Side Note: Has anyone mentioned anything about Miller yet? I haven't seen any reports on what Holland expects to do with him. I'd love to see him resigned because he was a huge anchor on our PK this season.



I read somewhere (Flint Journal, I think) that Holland definitely wants to re-sign Eaves and Miller.

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 03:22 PM

That's what I'm saying.Supposedly Kenny wants to get younger,so why re-sign Bertuzzi?Same with Lilja.If I had it my way,we would get rid of Ericsson AND Lilja.Gimme Sheldon Brookbank,Let Bertuzzi walk.Gimme a guy who can score and fight.

I think signing Brookbank and letting Lilja go would be a good move. We would save cap space and Brookbank gives everything pre injury Lilja adds plus a lot more effectiveness at it.

If Brookbank could be had cheap you could sign both Lilja for a season and see who deserves to stay

I don't see Lilja being the same player over the course of a whole year.

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 03:30 PM

I think signing Brookbank and letting Lilja go would be a good move. We would save cap space and Brookbank gives everything pre injury Lilja adds plus a lot more effectiveness at it.

If Brookbank could be had cheap you could sign both Lilja for a season and see who deserves to stay

I don't see Lilja being the same player over the course of a whole year.

I don't mean to sound like an ass here, but in a way I see Lilja as damaged goods, and as much as I'd like to see him here for a few more years I'd hate for him to tie up a roster spot, and cap space if he were to have another head injury that would take him outta action for a long period of time.

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Posted 19 May 2010 - 03:41 PM

He saved our ass this season. Welcome back Bert (for the right price ;)).
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Posted 19 May 2010 - 03:43 PM

I don't mean to sound like an ass here, but in a way I see Lilja as damaged goods, and as much as I'd like to see him here for a few more years I'd hate for him to tie up a roster spot, and cap space if he were to have another head injury that would take him outta action for a long period of time.

Exactly. Sure this organization prides itself on loyalty but at the same time it is a business and the team needs to stay competitive. If a guy loses his edge (like it seems Lilja probably has) then he should be replaced, not clogging up a roster spot for fresh blood to be brought in.

I don't want to see just anyone brought in to replace him, I wanna see someone who will provide what Lilja used to and can't anymore. A guy like Brookbank would be the best fit probably. He'll clear the crease, lay big hits, is a heavyweight fighter and can kill penalties. He plays 15 minutes a game on a ducks team and is a lot younger the Lils.

Seems like the perfect replacement to me. I guess I should add that he's plus 10 as well so he's pretty responsible considering his team didn't make playoffs.

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