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Yzerman Likely to Target Wings Players

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This biggest current Red Wing removal I'd be concerned about replacing this offseason would be Paul MacLean. He's already interviewed with Columbus, so it is in the realm of possibility that he'd hire him as a HC. That's one big moustache to fill.

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He's got cap space but since when are the 'Ning big spenders? What can Stevie really do to overhaul the roster?

Taking this from the internet, they have nearly $39 mil committed to next year already and that's in 11 players.

They'll need to re sign Downie, Konopka, Craig, Ranger, Nittymaki, and maybe Hale and Tanguay. The salaries for those guys alone was near $10 mil last year. Expect raises for nearly everyone, which would put them over $50 million, which would make their team payroll in excess of 2009-2010.

I don't see Stevie doing a whole lot of overhauling for next year.

Now 2011-2012 is a completely different story. He's gonna feel like a kid in a candy store. Only thing out of his control will be who is available on the free agent market. He'll need to re sign St.Louis and Stamkos and they're going to cost a lot. But he should have nice wiggle room and a lot of uncommitted roster spots to play with.

To me,Alex Tanguay is a definite to be let go.He was a real disappointment in Tampa last year.Steve Downie will most likely be re-signed.I wouldn't count on Konopka being re-signed tho.

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St.Louis didn't look too happy on an interview when they found out Steve Y was the GM.<_<

He's probably stilled pissed off he wasn't picked for the Olympic team :hehe:

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Yzerman would a bad GM if he didn't target any Wings. I doubt he wants to start his career on the wrong foot.

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"to piss in your Chelios"

For some reason, this just made me ROTFLMAO!! :hysterical:

I don't think Stevie's going to raid the Wings' cupboards, but I wouldn't be surprised to find a couple players land in Tampa for next season. Jason Williams, Tomas Holmstrom, Kirk Maltby, Todd Bertuzzi, Andreas Lilja and Brett Lebda are all UFA, so they currently have no ties to any team. They can negotiate with any team and I would imagine that they're considered fair game and that it wouldn't be "poaching" if Stevie contacted any of them. I can easily see Maltby going to Tampa - the Wings are not going to sign him and he played for years with Stevie. I'm sure if Stevie called him he'd be on a plane in a second.

I know Lidstrom is also UFA but I left him out of this because I think Tampa has a better chance of having a white Christmas than Stevie does of signing Nick to play for the Bolts. Nick is like Stevie, in that he will never play in another NHL team's uni. There are only two things that will happen with Nick Lidstrom - he will either sign another contract with the Wings, or retire. He's not playing anywhere else.

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For some reason, this just made me ROTFLMAO!! :hysterical:

I don't think Stevie's going to raid the Wings' cupboards, but I wouldn't be surprised to find a couple players land in Tampa for next season. Jason Williams, Tomas Holmstrom, Kirk Maltby, Todd Bertuzzi, Andreas Lilja and Brett Lebda are all UFA, so they currently have no ties to any team. They can negotiate with any team and I would imagine that they're considered fair game and that it wouldn't be "poaching" if Stevie contacted any of them. I can easily see Maltby going to Tampa - the Wings are not going to sign him and he played for years with Stevie. I'm sure if Stevie called him he'd be on a plane in a second.

I know Lidstrom is also UFA but I left him out of this because I think Tampa has a better chance of having a white Christmas than Stevie does of signing Nick to play for the Bolts. Nick is like Stevie, in that he will never play in another NHL team's uni. There are only two things that will happen with Nick Lidstrom - he will either sign another contract with the Wings, or retire. He's not playing anywhere else.

If Steve Yzerman signs Jason Williams for next season, the Lightning should just put Stevie out of his misery and fire him.

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Just listing the Wings' UFA's...not necessarily players Stevie would be interested in. LOL I think he's smarter than signing Jason Williams. :blink:

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Just listing the Wings' UFA's...not necessarily players Stevie would be interested in. LOL I think he's smarter than signing Jason Williams. :blink:

God, I hope so. Could you imagine? Our luck Williams would kick ass for Stevie... in which case I would thank god he isn't Finnish. :)

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I could just see that happening!!! JWillie goes to Tampa to play for Stevie and just tears up the league!

Okay, maybe not. I mean, we are talking about Jason Williams...:P

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Hey, Williams and Yzerman played on the same line in 2006. I wouldn't be surprised if Stevie had some input on him coming back to Detroit in the first place (God I hope not).

Oh, and I should have picked a different brand of cereal to make a joke about. Now everyone is going to say "Piss in your Chelios". :hehe:

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anyone think Homer could end up there saying all these reports about him wanting more money and a longer deal, if the Wings dont give him what he wants

after seeing how holmer played in the playoffs with his ablity to score 4 goals and rack almost all of the wings penaltys only to see us get scored on and kill us. trade him to tampa for a bag of pucks. we can replace him with speed since he is a pilon/.

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after seeing how holmer played in the playoffs with his ablity to score 4 goals and rack almost all of the wings penaltys only to see us get scored on and kill us. trade him to tampa for a bag of pucks. we can replace him with speed since he is a pilon/.

yeah.. those awful 12 penalty minutes in 12 games

he sure was rackin em up huh?

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yeah.. those awful 12 penalty minutes in 12 games

he sure was rackin em up huh?

the uneducated and uninformed have a right to opnion-ate

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Just listing the Wings' UFA's...not necessarily players Stevie would be interested in. LOL I think he's smarter than signing Jason Williams. :blink:

I think he would be interested in Maltby... league min contract for a PK'er who can mentor younger players, plays with a ton of heart and is a true professional and also would add veteran leadership with 4 rings...

I wouldn't be surprised one bit if this happened...

Hey, Williams and Yzerman played on the same line in 2006. I wouldn't be surprised if Stevie had some input on him coming back to Detroit in the first place (God I hope not).

Oh, and I should have picked a different brand of cereal to make a joke about. Now everyone is going to say "Piss in your Chelios". :hehe:

I always use the phrase "piss in your wheaties" but from now on, on this board... it will be "piss in your chelios"

:hysterical:

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Really?...That's a 2.5 plus hour drive 1 way...I know Drapes hails from the greater T.O. area, but making that daily commute would be a pain!

He has a smaller place in the Detroit area, but his family lives in TO.

:lol: - Dman or a forward?...My 2 lads are of the 'stay @ home' type of defensemen ;)

Kate's pretty tiny so I'm gonna go with forward...just like her Dad is/was.

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Damn... he's got SO much cap space to play with too, it's insane...

This isn't really that out of the realm of possibility for them next year (not likely, but fun to play with)

Ilya Kovalchuk ($8.000m) / Vincent Lecavalier ($7.727m) / Martin St. Louis ($5.250m)

Vyacheslav Kozlov ($3.500m) / Steven Stamkos ($3.725m) / Ryan Malone ($4.500m)

Stephane Veilleux ($0.750m) / Mattew Lombardi ($2.500m) / Steve Downie ($2.000m)

Todd Fedoruk ($1.058m) / Paul Szczechura ($0.900m) / Kirk Maltby ($0.700m)

Ted Purcell ($0.600m)

Victor Hedman ($3.500m) / Mattias Ohlund ($3.607m)

Andrej Meszaros ($4.000m) / Matt Walker ($1.700m)

Kurtis Foster ($1.500m) / Matt Lashoff ($0.550m)

Matt Smaby ($0.525m)

Mike Smith ($2.200m) / Antero Niittymaki ($0.600m)

(these totals are compiled using the bonus cushion)

ROSTER: 22; PAYROLL: $60.559m; CAP ROOM: $1.468m BONUSES: $5.450m

Yeah, but Defense wins Championships!!!

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No GM in the history of the league would do what you are guessing would happen.

Brian Burke brought Giguere to the Leafs.

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after seeing how holmer played in the playoffs with his ablity to score 4 goals and rack almost all of the wings penaltys only to see us get scored on and kill us. trade him to tampa for a bag of pucks. we can replace him with speed since he is a pilon/.

..... Really? Homer is the reason we have won MANY games. He is the reason we have scored MANY goals. Why don't we just trade away homer and all of our goalies? That way, we can't score, and can be scored on easily. :yowza:

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after seeing how holmer played in the playoffs with his ablity to score 4 goals and rack almost all of the wings penaltys only to see us get scored on and kill us. trade him to tampa for a bag of pucks. we can replace him with speed since he is a pilon/.

Homer was our best offensive player for a little patch. His contribution early in the season helped us get very, very valuable points. And he will always be a major pest. And he is the best at what he does. You don't just let a player like that walk onto another team if you can help it. Get a clue.

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