Let's say Modano doesn't sign with the Wings. How about this trade? Wings send Brad Stuart to Ducks (obviously Stuart has to waive NTC, but he loves Cali right?)
Wings get RFA rights to James Wisniewski, we also get Todd Marchant.
Ducks get a quality minutes eating veteran defensemen and more cap room to re-sign Bobby Ryan.
Wings get a young experienced defenseman who can smash people and is willing to drop the gloves. Wings also get a speedy verteran center good at killing penalties and forechecking. He also has an expiring contract after this season.
What a terrible idea. We trade the guy who by far hits more than any other defenseman on the team (top-20 in hits in the NHL last season), and who is our #2 defenseman in the defensive sense, for a #6 defenseman and a washed-out forward? Give me a break.
I think his NTC is up at the start of next season
I wouldn't say all that now. He has his times where he makes mistakes and they usually cost us big.
Please list for me three major mistakes he made last season.
Marchant like I said kills penalties adds more speed to the team and he can win faceoffs. What's wrong with having another guy like that if say Modano doesn't sign here?
We already have plenty of speedy penalty-killers. Their names are Miller, Draper, Eaves and Helm. Oh, and I think you're stuck in the 90s, because Marchant's speed isn't so special anymore.
What's wrong with having another guy like that? Well, you're proposing that we trade a very good defenseman who comes at a very reasonable price.
Let me know the next time Stuart goes out and does this to a guy who was smashing our team all over the ice.
So he can fight. Big whoop. That contributes virtually nothing towards closing the gigantic gap in skill between he and Stuart.
I think Rafi can foresee the future. He knew he would suck after a couple years in Detroit so he made sure he got that NTC.
You detest Rafalski. We get it. However, bear in mind that many of us feel he's a very good defenseman. I think having Lidstrom, the only defenseman in the league who makes virtually zero mistakes on the ice, on the team has made you utterly spoiled. Teams pay out the ass for defensemen. We badly needed one after Schneider jetted, and Rafalski was the answer. Devils fans were furious with their GM for making the lowball offer that compelled Raffi to look for employment elsewhere. Two years on, they still don't have anyone to replace him.
To be honest, I'd rather keep Stuart and move Rafalski but his $6mil cap hit doesn't make it as easy.
I think Holland's skill as GM---i.e., not making terrible moves like so many GMs in the league do---has made avid perfectionists out of many people on these boards. Because the team is very good and has no hideous contracts, and because people still want to make improvements, they make frequently-absurd suggestions for unnecessary trades.
Edited by Crymson, 10 July 2010 - 07:04 PM.