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#1 Octopus's Garden

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 10:56 PM

This doesn't sound overly promising.

"Detroit hasn't made any effort to sign him or talk to us," Diamond said. "If they want to go in another direction, it's their prerogative. There are plenty of other teams."


"I made them an offer a month ago and haven't heard back from them. I'm assuming they didn't like it," Holland said. "I'll touch base with them (on Wednesday). Maybe Lils will get a better deal (on the market). You can always get together after July 1."


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Posted 29 June 2010 - 11:21 PM

:(

Mannn... I'm gonna miss the Pain Train if he leaves.

But also... I mean... A 5-7 defensemen rotation of Ericsson, Kindl and Meech???? Not feeling too good about that right now.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 11:26 PM

Bye Lils

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 11:29 PM

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 11:29 PM

This is wrong on so many levels. Remember how much we missed him on the penalty kill when he wasn't there? I don't want to see that become a permanent absence. Come on, Kenny - bring him back.
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Posted 29 June 2010 - 11:47 PM

How many people here would trade Ritola if it meant Kenny got to keep Lilja?

EDIT: For a pick or whatever to clear that amount of space.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 11:50 PM

Too bad and very wrong. Lils fought hard to come back and the Wings season took a good turn last season when he was back in the lineup.

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 12:43 AM

Too bad and very wrong. Lils fought hard to come back and the Wings season took a good turn last season when he was back in the lineup.


Kenny said the Wings made an offer, Lilja's agent said they didn't, aka they made a offer that Lilja's agent though was ridiculous and/or a joke; probably in the $750k-$1m range.

I can see Lilja going to another team that is looking for a first or second pairing defensive defenseman, especially one that needs blocking shots and on the PK. Lilja to Phoenix, Edmonton, NY Isles, or Anaheim perhaps?

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 01:04 AM

You can deduce from the news article on detnews that Kenny basically chose Maltby over Lilja.

Sigh... I don't know...

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 01:08 AM

Ridiculous. We keep worthless players like Meech and Abs but we wont re-sign a guy who did everything he could to play again in a Wings uniform. Disgusting.

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 01:18 AM

Ridiculous. We keep worthless players like Meech and Abs but we wont re-sign a guy who did everything he could to play again in a Wings uniform. Disgusting.


I mean...

They need a solid third pair defenseman. Why not just try to keep Lilja? He's done a solid job.

On top of that, they want to re-sign Maltby?? Forget about the fact that he would be the 15th forward should they re-sign all their RFAs, which is likely, but I mean... Even if they traded away two of their younger forwards, how does Maltby make the team better in their place?

This loyalty thing has paid off at times in the past. Hopefully it won't bite Kenny in the end.

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 01:39 AM

And now we get word that it's likely we'll re-sign Maltby. So, just to make things clear, we're letting walk a clutch, solid d-man but re-signing guys who will not help the team out one BIT next year in Maltby, Abs, and Meech.

Holland has finally lost it.


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Posted 30 June 2010 - 04:10 AM

I think many of you are overlooking the fact that Lilja was never the same after returning from his concussion. He seemed very tentative to do the grinding in the corners that he had previously done. This could be nothing but posturing from Lilja and his agent, but it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if Lilja didn't return.

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 04:16 AM

but it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if Lilja didn't return.


Edicius' world would come crashing down. That'd mean lots of vodka though. ;)
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Posted 30 June 2010 - 04:26 AM

Edicius' world would come crashing down. That'd mean lots of vodka though. ;)


GMR would also get into some bar fights to remind himself of what Lilja taught him.

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 06:54 AM

Come on people!!!

You guys seriously think that Lija not re-signing has anything to do with Maltby?

It would be more fair to assume that Holland has plans to UPGRADE the numer 5/6 spot on defense.

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 07:41 AM

NO!!!




I'd rather they kept him. I feel he is an asset to the team.

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 07:52 AM

I think many of you are overlooking the fact that Lilja was never the same after returning from his concussion. He seemed very tentative to do the grinding in the corners that he had previously done. This could be nothing but posturing from Lilja and his agent, but it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if Lilja didn't return.



Who's to say, though, that he was trying to find his limitations while still trying to recover totally? I don't hold it against him at all - I'd probably do the same while I was figuring out just how much I could take. This summer will give him time to recover totally and he'll be back at full strength most likely. I think we should keep him. Sorry, but that's my feeling on this.
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Posted 30 June 2010 - 07:56 AM

Lilja played a major role in the cup run we had, he was major for us on the PK with all the block shots. I'm really going to miss him if he does end up signing elsewhere.

Good luck Lils

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 08:04 AM

:(

Mannn... I'm gonna miss the Pain Train if he leaves.

But also... I mean... A 5-7 defensemen rotation of Ericsson, Kindl and Meech???? Not feeling too good about that right now.

Any combo of those 3 guys to fill our #5/#6 spots is simply scary.

There's a fair number of veteran defensive Dmen available via UFA that Holland shouldn't have a problem signing 1 of them for not too much $$$.

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